΄Course, by the time Discovery was released in 2001 the duo had shifted its real world personas entirely, owing to the Kubrick-esque robotic helmets they sport whenever in public. They paired with Japanese director Leiji Matsumoto to bring Discovery to the screen, this time in the form of a full-length anime film called Interstella 5555: a sweeping space saga that claimed pop music as the creation of an insidious planet-hopping race of wizards. And even without a single line of dialogue, the movie managed to weave a pretty deep tale while demanding a rhythmic head bob in the process.
And now Daft Punk is back in the visual game, this time as directors themselves. Their latest opus Electroma may come as a bit of a shock to Daft fans, simply because it contains no dialogue and no music by the band whatsoever. Nope, this is Dafts indulgently kinky robotic vision a world of noiseless robots striving to assert their humanity played out through their always-compelling and fully relatable cast of characters. Since debuting at Cannes in late 2006, the film has become a staple at cultish midnight screenings overseas. Because its yet to be released on DVD, the screening of Electroma at 9 p.m. Friday at Studio A (60 NE 11 St., Miami) will be the first in Florida. Admission costs $6. Call 305-358-ROCK, or visit www.studioamiami.com.