Film Fest Gent is delighted to welcome the French composer Alexandre Desplat to the traditional film music concert during the second part of the World Soundtrack Academy Awards which will bring the 40th film festival to a festive end. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to the Italian composer Riz Ortolani.
We have had the pleasure of his company at several previous WSA concerts but this will be the first time that Desplat, the most celebrated composer of his generation, will perform a selection of his incredibly rich and varied film compositions at ‘t Kuipke Ghent in front of an audience of 3,000 people and film music fans.
Alexandre Desplat continues to amaze with the sheer volume of compositions he produces, yet without compromising quality and imagination in the slightest. Last year, he wrote remarkable music for no fewer than eight (!) feature films: the Oscar winning 'Argo' by Ben Affleck, 'Zero Dark Thirty' by Kathryn Bigelow, 'Rise of the Guardians' by Peter Ramsey, 'Renoir' by Gilles Bourdos, 'Reality' by Matteo Garrone, 'De Rouille et d’Os' by Jacques Audiard, 'Moonrise Kingdom' by Wes Anderson and 'Cloclo' by Florent-Emilio Siri. This year’s Cannes Film Festival programme featured two more films for which Desplat has written scores: 'Venus in Fur' by Roman Polanski and 'Zulu' by Jérôme Salle.
Since his debut in the late eighties, Desplat already has 143 scores to his name and his international career includes collaborations with such leading directors as Terrence Malick ('The Tree of Life'), Roman Polanski ('The Ghost Writer', 'Carnage'), George Clooney ('The Ides of March'), David Fincher ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button'), Stephen Frears ('The Queen') and Jonathan Glazer ('Birth').