09 20 Oct '24
NIEUW Daniel Pemberton x Paul Schrader

Daniel Pemberton x Paul Schrader

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 Pemberton© Tristan Bejawn (Composer Magazine)

Daniel Pemberton

As a teenager, Daniel Pemberton, born in England on 3 November 1977, experimented with music in his bedroom using his 4-track keyboard. This resulted in an album aptly named Bedroom. When a director listened to the record, 16-year-old Pemberton was promptly offered to compose music for a TV documentary: the beginning of a musical rollercoaster. His first film score was for Nick Murphy's The Awakening, and when Ridley Scott heard the soundtrack, he engaged Pemberton for his film The Counselor. Since then, he has written many film scores, including for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Steve Jobs, Molly's Game, All the Money in the World, Ocean's 8, Birds of Prey, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Spider-Man Into and Across the Spider-Verse. His TV work - for cooking shows to documentaries to series - is as immense as it is diverse, and he also put his musical stamp on computer games like LittleBigPlanet and Knights and Bikes.

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With Daniel Pemberton, each score is unique and, as an independent sound world, inseparable from a particular film. He does not shy away from experiments. In the first Spider-Man, he had his recorded score scratched and the result incorporated into the final soundtrack. Innovating is part of his DNA, but among all the electronics, there is still room for a dash of Debussy or Bach. He completed the music for Michael Mann’s Ferrari in only one week. Daniel Pemberton was Discovery of the Year in 2014 and Composer of the Year 2021 at the World Soundtrack Awards.

Paul Schrader Headshot photo credit Franck Ferville 1

Paul Schrader

Cinema is diabolical. That was what Paul Schrader, born on 22 July 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was constantly told by his Calvinist parents. As a result, he only saw his first film, The Nutty Professor, when he turned eighteen. Despite the disappointing introduction to the medium, Paul Schrader grew to become an icon, not only as a film director, but also as a screenwriter. He began his film career as a critic and managed to sell a screenplay, The Yakuza, for a lot of money. His next script, Taxi Driver, filmed by Martin Scorsese, catapulted him to the top and enabled him to shoot his first film, Blue Collar.

Along with Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas, he is counted among the club of the Movie Brats. Among his best works are titles like American Gigolo, Cat People, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, The Comfort of Strangers and, more recently, the trilogy consisting of First Reformed, The Card Counter and Master Gardener. As a screenwriter, he did not let his guard down and wrote the screenplays for Scorsese films like Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, among others. He also wrote off his film obsession in books like Notes on Film Noir and Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson Dreyer, which remain worth reading. His film characters are very varied in personality and are more than just loners or losers. They are mostly people struggling with existential life questions, weighed down by guilt or searching for redemption. This gives his best films an authentic, universal dimension and he remains one of the greats among the living.

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