Standing ovation to film music at the ISFMF in Samobor

The final event of the 10th edition of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) named ‘Cinema mon amour‘ took place on 9th of October at the Samobor Cinema. The concert repertoire was divided into two parts. In the first part, the renowned French pianist, who is also a film composer, Jean-Michel Bernard, performed some pieces composed by Alfi Kabiljo one of the most recognized Croatian composer for film and theater, conductor, orchestrator and producer: ‘The King is naked‘ from the theater suite for piano from the musical of the same name, ‘Intermezzo‘ from the piano suite from the opera ‘Casanova in Istria‘ and ‘End title from the film Sky Bandits.

This part is a fragment of the project that is developed by the ISFMf team on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of France ‘Jean-Michel Bernard joue la musique de Alfi Kabiljo / Jean-Michel Bernard plays the music of Alfi Kabiljo’, which will have its full performance on 19.10.2022. in Paris, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in France. This project represents a valuable example of international cultural cooperation and proves that the combination of cultural heritages of these two countries can result in the creation of new artistic content extremely appreciated by the audience.

Jean-Michel Bernard is an exceptional artist who carries everything in himself: the perfectionism of a classical education, but also all the unlimited and fluttering range of improvisation typical of top jazz masters, and an exquisite sense of cinematic narration. This, the audience could notice, also in the second part of the concert, when Jean-Michel Bernard performed some of the best themes of world cinema: Interstellar, Schindler’s List, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Mission Impossible…

Croatian singer-songwriter and actress Elis Lovrić also gave recognition to Alfi Kabiljo, with her authentic performance of the piece ‘The Dream World’ from the musical “Jalta, Jalta”. The evening was graced by the presence of maestro Alfi Kabiljo himself, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Crystal Pine Award, which is awarded by the artistic committee of the International Sound & Film Music Festival to individuals for outstanding contributions to the audiovisual industry in the field of music and sound. A special surprise of the evening was the performance of Bernarda Debuš Redžić (celo), with the piano accompaniment of Ozren K. Glaser and their medley performance: Horizons (The Blue Cage), The Portrait (Titanic), Epiphany (Soul), Interstellar.



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The mission of the festival of film music ISFMF is the promotion and preservation of film music as an irreplaceable element of cinematography which is a great art itself. Also, the mission is to expand awareness among the audience and filmmakers on the importance of original music in film.
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