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Greatest of the Week: ALAN MENKEN

There is no more important composer for animated films than Alan Menken (born 1949), who revived the musical genre in film industry and created ‘a whole new world’ of eclectic, ingenious and beautiful scores for Walt Disney Company’s films. It all started with The Little Mermaid (1989), an animated masterpiece which gloriously came to theaters after many years of Disney’s financial and creative problems. The rest is history. Menken continued to […]

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Greatest of the Week: ENNIO MORRICONE

The legend of film music, Italian composer Ennio Morricone (born 1928) has written music for more than 500 films and television series, in a 60-years lasting career. In the early 1960’s he came to the attention of his former school friend Sergio Leone, who hired Morricone to compose the music to some of his best known films. Together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone’s different version of the ‘western […]

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Greatest of the Week: JOHN BARRY

John Barry (1933 – 2011) is one of the greatest British composers. He built his fantastic career on the James Bond movies (he has scored 11 of them) and won five Oscars. Barry was the master of rich orchestral music, involved in every little detail of his film scores. In Goldfinger (1964) he perfected the ‘Bond  sound’, a heady mixture of brass, jazz and sensuous melodies. Barry was also an […]

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Greatest of the Week: DARIO MARIANELLI

Italian composer Dario Marianelli (born 1963) was relatively unknown, but in 2005 he started to collaborate with British director Joe Wright on his film Pride & Prejudice and became widely recognized. Marianelli’s scores evoke strong emotions by using delicate piano and solo violin, but also some unusual ‘instruments’, such as a typewriter. With his latest score for Wright’s Anna Karenina, he eyes for another Oscar (the first one was for […]

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Greatest of the Week: DANNY ELFMAN

One of the most interesting composers in cinema, four-time Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman (born 1953) started his career by founding the new wave band Oingo Boingo, but his entrance in film music begun with director Tim Burton and the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Collaboration with Burton continued on almost every project and eventually became a director-composer trademark, like Steven Spielberg-John Williams. Elfman’s haunting scores and eclectic style could be […]

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Greatest of the Week: PHILIP GLASS

Eccentric, innovative and ingenious, Philip Glass (born 1937) is one of the most influential American composers, also a very prolific one: he has written works for the musical group which he founded, the Philip Glass Ensemble (with which he still performs on keyboards), operas, musical theater works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including string quartets and instrumental sonatas, as well as film scores, for which he earned three Oscar […]

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OSCAR WINNER RICHARD KING JOINS THE ISFMF!

Sound designer Richard King, the winner of three Academy Awards, responsible for magnificent sound in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Thor, The Dark Knight, War of the Worlds, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Master and Commander and Signs, has joined the Artistic Board of the Festival. We are dearly welcoming Richard, as the Festival’s mission is also to promote the importance of sound in cinema. Below is the […]

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JACO VAN DORMAEL JOINS THE ISFMF!

JACO VAN DORMAEL JOINS THE ISFMF!

Jaco Van Dormael, a Belgium film director and screenwriter has joined the ISFMF’s Artistic Board! Van Dormael is best known for his feature Mr. Nobody (2009) with Jared Leto and Diane Kruger in leading roles. Since its original release, Mr. Nobody has become a cult film, noted for its philosophy and Pierre Van Dormael’ soundtrack, personal characters and Christophe Beaucarne’s cinematography. Jaco Van Dormael has also received positive reviews with […]

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Greatest of the Week: GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA

This week we celebrate another composer with simple methods of scoring films. By using only few instruments and slow dynamics, Gustavo Santaolalla (born 1951, Argentina) somehow manages to create rich pattern of emotions. Voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized it, giving him two Oscars in two consecutive years, for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006). Santaolalla is also a popular guitar player, doing performances and […]

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NENAD BACH JOINS THE ISFMF!

NENAD BACH JOINS THE ISFMF!

Croatian recording artist, composer and performer, living in New York, who recorded for Sony, Universal, Decca, Polygram and many other labels, Nenad Bach, has joined the ISFMF’s Artistic Board. Mr. Bach writes and records music for film and theater and has scored many features and short films (King of Cool, Transatlantic, Life Beyond Timothy Leary…). Two of Mr. Bach albums reached  No. 1 in Europe, and to date he has […]

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