Brazil’s official selection in the Best International Film category for the 2022’s Oscars.
It is based on police who is suspended after an internal investigation, wandering the country in search of a real encounter with his internet love…
Felipe Ayres – composer statement
Creating the score for Private Desert has been an incredible experience. The idea behind it was to convey the protagonist’s emotional journey into music; from their anguishes of the unknown, through their inner battles and redemption. All of this had to translate to screen in both a subtle and delicate way, but with enough deepness and strength to it.
LA MANCHA NEGRA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Director Enrique Garcia
Music composed by Jesús Calderón
Performed by the “Banda Sinfónica de Jaén” orchestra, conducted by Pedro López Álvarez and Jesús Calderón in Jaén (Spain)
Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
After the death of the elderly Matilde Cisneros, her three daughters set the wake before a neighbor that turns its back on them, a priest in war with the family, and the unexpected arrival of his eldest son.
From the beginning, I conceived the soundtrack of “La Mancha Negra” as rough and wild music, a reflection of the feelings of the characters, who are tormented in a very visceral and primitive way. The mother of the family, for example, with her brief but crucial role, continues thanks to the music to constantly float over the whole story like a ghost that haunts and envelops everyone with her sickly and greedy personality until the end. “La Mancha Negra” is made of rough percussions, repetitive motifs, dissonances … but there is also a place for hope, nostalgia, memory and regret; that materializes through the music for Mercedes, which transforms from atonality to become a melodic poem that reunites her siblings again. I have to thank the effort and passion of the musicians of the “Banda Sinfónica de Jaén” orchestra, who put all their effort and enthusiasm in interpreting my twisted music, and Pedro López for his mastery and professionalism. Thanks also to Enrique García, director of the film, for his eternal confidence and infectious enthusiasm. This soundtrack would not have been the same without his wise advice and his knowledge of the power of film music.
(Jesús Calderón, composer of “La Mancha Negra” soundtrack)
The trip to the devised town of Aljarria in “La Mancha Negra” is a journey to the roots of pain of a family broken by the past, in a harsh environment, where hopelessness reigns and where, after the death of Doña Matilde Cisneros, resentment and greed emerges. Photographically portraying “La Mancha Negra” was a difficult but very plastic task: The days with yellow sand floors, white houses, blue skies, women in black mourning and heat, a lot of heat. The nights give way to the blue of the moon, the gold of the lamps and the black night, as if they were paintings by Caravaggio. The music could not be under that black cloak. Thanks to the interpretation of the “Banda Sinfónica de Jaén” and the masterful score by Jesús Calderón, I have been able to hear the broken soul of the Cisneros family based on double basses, the awakening of greed with insinuating flutes, percussions, pizzicatos and brass for the nightmares that become real. And the love that existed and died like a dry olive tree in the “Nana de la Negra Noche” song, composed by Calderón for the broken and at the same time authentic voice of Zenobia Fernández. Thank you, Maestro Jesús Calderón for giving eternal life to the soul of “La Mancha Negra”.
(Enrique Garcia, director and screenwriter of “La Mancha Negra”)
Orquestaciones: Pablo Olivas Marco
Ingeniero de sonido: Rafa Martos
Banda sonora mezclada y editada por Jesús Calderón
Traveling from Transylvania to Scotland by train, the Count’s two companions Lucy and Renfield start on a series of changes in order to get the Count over his many fears – sunlight, crosses, bibles, running water, garlic, food and drink. Dracula chose Scotland for his holiday because he wanted to visit his maker Bram Stoker’s Castle, which he regards as rightfully his own. Once there he is befriended by two local undertakers Goddaming and Stewart who live in a castle, they attempt to socialize and fit in. Godalming’s teenage daughter Flora is attracted to them and admits that she would like to be a vampire.
The Count and Lucy are smitten by her and crave for a daughter of their own. When Stewart’s new wife also turns out to be a vampire, and the undertaker business is booming, the happy band of dead and near-dead can’t help but take advantage of Goddaming and Stewart’s hospitality. This arrangement is delightfully comic in the way it unfolds. When it is not clear that Dracula could ever be reformed from his bloodletting ways, Lucy makes plans to marry Dracula with the hope that his reformation will occur when he settles down into married life or so she thinks. A comic tale for Halloween and beyond into the nether realms of Dracula’s alternative abode. Rather than making Dracula a type of ‘baddie’, this film takes a jovial view of the comedy genre and his character. It is therefore in some ways a relief from the heavy overtones of the serious ‘Horror’ Film and something that will make people leave the cinema with a smile.
A lone robber, riding a different maxi scooter each time, robs one bank and a jewelry store after another, squeaking at great speed through the folds of Rome, between its ancient beauties and its urban archaeologists, always managing to sow its pursuers and finally vanish into nothingness.
The case is in the hands of a Roman commissioner, true and cynical who, failing to get to the head of it, asks for help from a friend of his Parisians, called the French, a former commissioner famous for his psychological insight and for resolving dozens of impossible cases. Everyone except for the death of their daughter, whose anniversary she returns to the city every year. He will discover the identity of the robber, a person who is as unsuspected as he is of great intelligence, with whom he engages in a challenge with unpredictable consequences.
Statement By Michela Cescon, Director
“Blue Eyes” experiments with genre in this personal rendition and tribute to the French Polar film. It is light on dialogue, heavy on atmosphere, with melancholy, romantic characters: two police chiefs, one robber, a scooter, a young mechanic… and the city. Rome and the waves of traffic coursing through its streets and the solitary, empty nights between Rome’s Pyramid, white as the moon, and the Coliseum at dawn keeping watch over challenges and revenge.
There are no landscape shots. Each frame tells the story through the emotions they elicit. Indoor shots are minimalist. The architecture furnishes the places, playing with space and light. Much is understood about each character as they move through these intentionally empty spaces. The film was shot in wide-angle – typical of this genre – using CinemaScope, which provides depth and makes it necessary to choose certain points of view. In “Blue Eyes” we don’t need to see everything, just what helps create the story. Cinema is also about what you choose not to show. The photography is so “material” – emphasizing contrasts, details and distances – you can almost touch it.
Right from the beginning, the robber and her city are accompanied by the sound of a trumpet playing. The music, like all the sounds in the film, is very important, it moves the story forward, narrates, acts as a bridge for emotions. Then it stops, it’s gone, just like the robber, and as we await the ending, we are immersed in the smoky atmospheres of jazz and summer dreams to the sounds of swing.
Genre films need talent because they follow the rules and techniques specific to filmmaking. A lot of talent went into the making of this film, from the actresses and actors Valeria Golino, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Ivano De Matteo, to Director of Photography Matteo Cocco, to composer Andrea Farri and his extraordinary soloists Paolo Fresu and Luigi Piovano, to Esmè Sciaroni, Grazia Materia, Fabrizio Nanni, Luca Servino and Filippo Porcari. All of them were asked to think of this film as a game, with the most serious attitude possible, and gracefully employ a style somewhere between a detective film and noir in order to understand the world and say something about ourselves.
Jian (Ken Zheng) is a counter terrorism agent who blends his skills as a martial artist and clairvoyant to bring the world’s most nefarious individuals to justice. This lone wolf is is forced to make an unexpected detour to Los Angeles upon receipt of the devastating news of a cover up surrounding his brother’s alleged suicide. With the reluctant help of LAPD detectives, Abby (Madeline Zima), Carl (Tony Todd), and Captain Duke (Keith David), the unlikely group become involved in the investigation. Jian and Abby fight against a high-tech criminal (Sean Patrick Flanery) looking to exploit the brother’s gifts in his own quest to power.
Les musiques de film d’action sont difficiles et souvent se borne a de l’habillage. Il y a eu les grands James Bond, dont on ne retient que le thème d’entrée et de fermeture de Lalo Shiffrin, il y a de grand absent, car c’est une musique qui épouse l’image a défaut d’épouser la musique elle-même. Le cinéma américain est exigeant et des compositeurs exige plus du Sound Design que du contenu mélodique. Il est un des compositeurs qui s’exerce au style avec panache : Sid de la Cruz. Dans une modestie qui n’appartient qu’a lieu, Sid est un de ces fabricant de magie et d’intemporalité. Sur le film INSIGHT, il a eu le courage du thème original, la palette du design et le regard de construire une bande originale, digne de ce nom. Il y a de la recherche, de l’innovation, les sounds, les thèmes. Sid De La Cruz a mis beaucoup de lui-même pour trouver le bon ton, le bon son. Ecoutez et re écoutez Insight. Hellen Page
Director’s Statement on Insight’s Original Soundtrack
Statement from Livi Zheng & Ken Zheng Insight is a movie that includes several different cultures and also a story with elements of science fiction. Therefore, it was impossible to imagine Insight without interweaving several different genres and categories of music. The instrumentals that augmented Insight’s story were heavy on electronic synths, strings, brass and percussion. I choose these musical scores to fit with the diverse martial arts styles of action scenes. We even used special compositions to highlight our use of drones and other modern weapons as props in the movie. In the Warehouse Fight Club scene, staged in an underground caged fight in China, the music not only included the strings and brass but also the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument. In theJian in Syria scenewe used instruments such as the Qanun, Riq, Darbuka, & Zil to reflect the local culture of the scene while remaining authentic. The soundtrack of Insight matches these scenes of the movie as an audio and visual is a journey through the world.
Sid De La Cruz, Composer
The score for Insight was fun to create. It’s a hybrid of orchestral and synth instruments. This is a bit different from my other scores in that it was requested not to use any woodwinds. Also, there were some cues where high strings were not used as well. I had to be creative and think of other ways to approach the music. Because the film deals with an element of science fiction, I feel that electronic instruments suit the film very well and help tell the story from the side of science fiction. Several of the cues tie in with photography of the film. For instance, in the track, “Apartment Fight”, some of the fighting leads to the kitchen. In the score, there are metallic instruments that help simulate kitchenware, pots, pans, silverware, etc. In the track, “Jian in Syria”, uses Middle Eastern melodic and percussive instruments are introduced and take and help contribute to the action music.
Dnipro Philharmonic Orchestra – Conductor Sandro Di Stefano
Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
A series of mutilated corpses is upsetting a town in central Italy. Police believe that this is a wolf, but it might not be a wolf as others…
L’émotion se mesure aux coups d’archets, sur les cordes d’orchestre symphonique ou philharmonique. Sandro Di Stefano écrit des scores de qualité et dirige des orchestres philharmoniques d’un coup de baguette qui devient magique sous sa main.
Ecrire une partition de loup garous, d’humains se transformant en loups et peut être inversement de loups dans le corps d’humains, cela peut paraitre presque facile, mais l’exercice est délicat pour ne pas tomber dans les cliches. Avoir l’imagination d’une mélodie c’est dans la digne tradition des compositeurs latins et encore plus lorsqu’ils sont italiens. Il y a de la fulgurance, de la passion, de l’envie et une extrême mélodie. C’est ainsi que se construise les grandes romances, les grandes partitions. La musique de film aujourd’hui est l’expression de grand ballet classique contemporains ou les références a l’image viennent en second plan d’un création unique et bien réelle. Voir Christophe Lambert dans les décors bleu nuit et d’un plateau fumant dans les ombres était déjà un plaisir annonce. Le voir paraitre sous la mélodie féroce d’un Sandro Di Stefano est un plaisir bien réel.
Music in Movie, for me, has always had an actor role.
I never think of music as such but of an actress I imagine and direct in the Movie.
In fact, I feel more a Film Director than a Musician because from music I look for what words don’t say. In “Shadow of the wolf”, I tried to put a face to this invisible actress and have her act alongside the other actors and actresses. In short, I put her in the cast, giving her an antagonist role. She participates in the dialogues, anticipates and delays emotions, sometimes she is a shoulder, sometimes she is the one who plays the main role. Stylistically, this music honors a certain writing of authors who invented the genre, such as Bernard Herrmann for example (also because Herrmann, like me, was heavily influenced by guys like Serghjej Prokofiev i Igor Stravinskij). Clusters, black and white, frequencies, help to recreate a certain sound, in a certain sense “old style”. I always direct my music myself because I know exactly what to ask for, as a Film Director does with his actress.
SANDRO DI STEFANO Composer
SHADOW OF THE WOLF
Statement about the OST (Film Director)
I have always considered music as my main ally to move the audience through the narrative arc of our story.
It is a role as important as the one of a key actor, albeit invisible.
Music is not just a comment, but rather a subliminal voice that whispers to the ears of the spectator.
I have constantly worked with the composer, explaining the emotional struggle and the inner workings of the characters in the scenes, and it has been an extremely stimulating experience.
Great effort has been put also in researching uncommon blends of instruments, looking for something that could describe the characters and their emotional journey throughout the evolution of the story.
Each character has a theme and a sound that intertwines with the others creating a “dialogue”, a sonic footprint that profoundly defines the atmosphere of the film.
AKELARRE (COVEN) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Director Pablo Aguero
Music Composed by
Aránzazu CALLEJA and Maite ARROITAJAUREGI (MURSEGO)
Performed by ALOS QUARTET & Various Artists
Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
GOYA 2021 Nominee
Basque Country, 1609. The men of the region are at sea and Amaia takes part for the first time in the nightly dances in the woods with the other villager girls. She is only 20. At dawn, they are all arrested.
Les temps d’inquisitions, de la grande peur semée par des prédicateurs qui n’en avaient que la forme ont marque les esprits et les mentalités. Ses soleils lugubres, ses ciels d’un autre temps ont tourmente des populations, des convictions jusqu’à devenir l’aube d’une éternité rejetée.
Akelarre est un de ces mystères dévoilées, un film puissant pour une histoire sans partage.
Musique ancienne et instruments de la région du pays basque ont aides a la déconstruction de ce mythe et a la construction d’une fresque romanesque. Le duo
Aranzazu Calleja et Maite Arroitajauregi a partage cette émotion, ses sonorités d’autrefois.
La bande son est un petit chef d’œuvre inventif, mélodique et spontanée comme des étincelles d’instruments baroques.
Porte par les interprétations sonores de Alos Quartet et par les voix puissantes de divers artistes. Ce sont des chants, ce sont des mélodies qui tournent dans la tête et dans la puissance des images.
1609, Basque Country (north to Spain). In a land full of pagan legends and ancient traditions, Judge Rostegui belonging the Spanish Inquisition is chosen by king Felipe III to be sent with a notary and a group of soldiers to purify all the region, traveling town by town to burn any woman with signs to be a witch. Obsessed to disclose the secrets of the infamous Sabbat (a theoretical feast where the witches make a ritual not only to summon The Devil, but to promise loyalty and mate with him) and denied to believe that it doesn’t exists in his absolute conviction that it’s for real, Rostegui arrives to an unnamed coastal village with no men (after they are sailors navigating by the sea) where five girls in their 20 years old are arrested: Ana, Olaia, María, Maider and the still teen Katalin. Not knowing the reason for the arrest, the girls are submitted to a hard interrogatory including torture to get the confession about they are witches and how it’s the ritual of Sabbat.
Notes on the music for Akelarre
My first objective was to retrieve the harsh, rebellious spirit of popular pagan music. And then to make it timeless: both ancestral and contemporary. To achieve this we started with a traditional melody, then we did arrangements for instruments from that period, but looking for the insolence, fury and fraternity that characterize the youth of all periods. During months of rehearsals, we gradually adapted the arrangements to the personalities and voice textures of the six actresses chosen after a casting of almost a thousand candidates. The final step was to create an evolution of that same song in different versions, ranging from the bucolic to the satanic, to reflect the demonization of the original culture.
Pablo Agüero, director
From a similar way of making and thinking music, Akelarre has given us the opportunity to create a common musical place. A place in which two worlds are contrasted: that of the girls (sweet, poetic, set in interiors and with a deeper tessitura) and that of the judicial inquisitors (with high-pitched sounds and more bitter, oppressive atmospheres).
Alos Quartet give voice to our work with energy and elegance.
Music in film is always a powerful tool, which we in Akelarre have tried to use with inventiveness and prudence.
Aranzazu Calleja and Maite Arroitajauregi (Mursego), composers
THE LIFE AHEAD (La vita davanti a se) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) A Film by Edoardo Ponti With Sophia Loren & Ibrahima Gueye Original Soundtrack Composed by Gabriel Yared Label Plaza Mayor Company Ltd
Plaza Mayor Company Ltd présente la bande originale du drame The Life Ahead (La vita davanti a sé). L’album est composé par Gabriel Yared.
The Life Ahead est réalisé par Edoardo Ponti avec Sophia Loren, Ibrahima Gueye, Renato Carpentieri, Diego Iosif Pirvu, Massimiliano Rossi, Abril Zamora et Babak Karimi.
Dans les Pouilles, contre toute attente, une survivante de l’Holocauste qui s’occupe d’enfants se lie d’amitié avec un gamin des rues désabusé ayant tenté de la dévaliser…
THE LIFE AHEAD ou le titre original italien LA VITA DAVANTI A SE, est un film émouvant, qui ramène Sophia Loren à l’écran, le film qui est marqué par la musique originale de Gabriel Yared, est magnifique à regarder, la photographie créant une aura chaleureuse et éclatante pour une grande partie de la durée des films. Loren est comme toujours magnifique à regarder et dans ce rôle difficile où elle dépeint le personnage, Madame Rosa. Réalisé par Edoardo Ponti, oui c’est vrai Ponti, le fils de Sophia et de Carlo Ponti. La partition musicale est un accompagnement parfaitement gracieux et poignant à ce conte très émotionnel, ce n’est pas seulement sur la poignante et les propriétés thématiques subtiles cependant, il y a une poignée de beat up beat plus contemporain pistes infusées de hip hop dispersés partout, mais ce sont les poèmes musicaux romantiques et touchants qui impressionnent et attirent. Yared, est un compositeur si sous-estimé, mais à cette occasion, je pense qu’il va peut-être obtenir l’avis et le crédit qu’il mérite si richement, sa partition est de soutien, mais n’envahit jamais la ligne de l’histoire ou éclipse l’action à l’écran, recommandé. Les bandes sonores de jeux semblent dominer le marché des sorties de la fin de cette année, ce qui n’est pas une mauvaise chose parce que cela signifie que les partitions orchestrales /instrumentales atteignent une génération plus jeune. La maitrise mélodique, harmonique et culturelle est l’approche de Gabriel Yared dans chacune de ses partitions. On a ici un score fin délicat, mais on a aussi une page d’histoire et d’harmonie avec les premières notes de musique klezmer, de musique juive…. Essentielles pour comprendre l’histoire qui se joue sous nos yeux. Hellen Page
Texte de Gabriel Yared sur le film:
« J’ai commencé mon travail sur The Life Ahead peu de temps après qu’il a été tourné, mais il n’était pas encore entièrement édité ou terminé. Edoardo Ponti (réalisateur) est venu me voir à Paris en décembre 2019 pour discuter de ce qu’il cherchait en termes de musique. J’ai regardé le film et j’ai adoré tout de suite. Il a une douceur douce et la mélancolie, qui est très unique.
J’ai d’abord commencé à travailler sur mes thèmes, que j’ai partagés avec Edoardo, puis je les ai progressivement adaptés à des scènes spécifiques. Le thème le plus important était la « chanson hébraïque », qu’Edoardo appelle l’ADN du film. C’est une pièce que Madame Rosa écoute dans sa cave, lui rappelant ses parents et ses souvenirs d’enfance à Auschwitz.
Malheureusement, en raison des mesures de santé pandémique Covid-19, nous avons dû travailler à distance, moi à Paris et Edoardo à Los Angeles. Presque tous les jours, je lui envoyais mes conclusions et nous parlions de tout ensemble. Edoardo est très particulier avec ses choix, et tout comme moi, il a une persévérance presque obsessionnelle. Cela a donné lieu à une collaboration très productive, impliquée et raffinée. The Life Ahead est un film fantastique mettant en vedette Sophia Loren (la mère d’Edoardo), et je suis sûr que tout le monde le trouvera très émouvant, profondément redoutable et actuel.
Ambitious new global music group, Saban, continues to move through the gears with the release today (October 30) of the latest single by Static & Ben El – Shake Ya Boom Boom – in collaboration with Black Eyed Peas.
Static & Ben El were behind Further Up, the debut release on the Saban Music Group, which is backed to the tune of $500m by entertainment mogul Haim Saban.
That track, launched in January this year, has clocked up nearly 40 million views on YouTube and 80 million streams across various platforms, was No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart and hit the Top 10 on Vevo’s US chart.
Shake Ya Boom Boom is accompanied by a video shot in a vertical/smart-phone style with TikTok, YouTube, and Boomerang Instagram clips of Static & Ben El, as well as members of Black Eyed Peas and several influencers, all with a combined total reach of 50m fans on social media.
Here Gustavo Lopez, CEO of Saban Music Group, talks about the new track, the duo’s global potential, the impact of collaborations and the importance of laser focus…
Static & Ben El are established superstars in Israel, with international reach – their YouTube videos are approaching 600m combined views.
Haim Saban quickly recognized their worldwide potential and signed them.
Static & Ben El were signed prior to the formal launch of Saban Music Group and it can be said that they were one of the catalysts for its formation.
Static & Ben El were getting ready to go on tour in the states when COVID happened. So, instead they used the time to focus on making music. We didn’t want the pandemic to slow down the process of getting music out; we wanted to release Shake Ya Boom Boom as soon as possible, and our challenge was how to make a video during these times.
The guys got on a Zoom call to talk creative and will.i.am had the idea to shoot it remotely, and include 25 influencers.
As Static & Ben El continue to grow their fanbase outside of Israel, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with international superstars. They have been taking the right angle towards stardom, they have already collaborated with J Balvin, Pitbull, Flip Dinero and have more superstar collab surprises on the way.
SMG is a startup and from day one we said what makes us different is our approach and our 360/50/50 model. We will only sign a select number of artists so that our team can be laser-focused and committed to their success.
Our roster currently consists of mainstream as well as Latin artists, all with international appeal. We are aggressively recording and collaborating and working with some of the biggest artists in the world to help bring our artists to global audiences.