09 20 Oct '24
Daniel hart x wannes vanspauwen & pol de plecker

Daniel Hart x Wannes Vanspauwen & Pol De Plecker

25 composers, 25 filmmakers, 25 ultimate symbioses of music and cinematography that fit completely within the DNA of Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Awards. For the unique 2x25 project, the festival asked 25 composers to compose a short piece of music, after which 25 filmmakers made a short film. The result: 25 exceptional films where the music inspired the form, narrative and texture.

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Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart was living the dream with his rock band touring in the United States, but his life took a slightly unexpected turn when he met David Lowery in 2008. The film director sensed an epic dimension in Hart’s wild music. “Just what I need for my first film”, Lowery thought and a connection grew between the two.

A bond so strong that Hart composed the music for all of Lowery’s films. It started with Ain't Them Bodies Saints followed by Pete's Dragon, A Ghost Story, Old Man and The Gun, The Green Knight and Peter Pan & Wendy. According to Lowery, Hart’s music contains something mythical, transcendental and almost sacral, which fits in well with Lowery’s films. Perhaps these traits root in Hart’s childhood: his mother led a church choir, an experience that certainly influenced his music for The Green Knight. Hart’s music guides David Lowery during the editing process, so he said in 2022 at Film Fest Gent during the Film Music Days.

Born in August, 1976 in Emporia Texas, Daniel Hart studied music as well as writing for the stage. Apart from film music and his own albums Hart also wrote music for tv series such as The Exorcist, The Society, Interview With The Vampire and documentaries such as one on the famous virologist Fauci. Music is constantly on his mind, which is both a curse and a blessing. From the moment he sets foot on a film set or sees images of a film, the composing starts.

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Wannes Vanspauwen & Pol De Plecker

As a child, Wannes Vanspauwen once witnessed an immense traffic jam on the motorway in his mother's car. No one could suspect then that he would use that image as the starting point for The Day That Was White, his graduation film at KASK. His love for film came after, at barely ten years old, when he was given a camera by his father and captured his family's life on film. Béla Tarr's films definitely won him over. In The Day That Was White, Vanspauwen shows how several people caught in a traffic jam caused by a thick mist fall prey to uncertainty. In his cinematography Vanspauwen shows himself to be a disciple of Federico Fellini and Roy Anderson.

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Vanspauwen also took care of the camera work on Noisetrain by KASK colleague Pol De Plecker, ensuring one of the three awards the film received at the latest short film festival in Leuven. There, Noisetrain, inspired by Johan Daisne's The Train of Inertia, was still awarded best film and also received the press award. The lauded film is about three men who wake up on a stationary train and continue their journey through a snowy landscape. According to the press, Pol De Plecker succeeded in radically pushing his own style and the jury praised the winner for skillfully juggling cinematic elements such as colour, sound and casting.

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