Patrick Doyle x Juanita Onzaga

Patrick Doyle x Juanita Onzaga

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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Patrick Doyle

“I always knew I could compose music,” says Patrick Doyle, born on 6 April 1953 in Uddingston, Scotland. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and spent twelve years writing music for stage productions in Scotland and England. For a while he thought about becoming an actor but everything changed when director Kenneth Branagh asked him to compose the music for his Henry V in 1989. Neophyte Patrick Doyle tackled it instinctively, relying on the rhythm and musicality of Shakespeare's text.

Henry V was followed by 14 more films by Branagh including Much Ado About Nothing, Dead Again, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Hamlet, Sleuth, Thor, Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile. A series that underlines the versatility of Doyle's work. Added to these are the animated film Brave, Gosford Park, Une femme française, Indochine, Carlito's Way, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the latter, he gave John Williams' themes a dark edge. Besides film music, Partrick Doyle composed songs, works for orchestra and ballet music. He also recently wrote the “King Charles III Coronation March” at the request of the British Court. Patrick Doyle is a master at incorporating melody and drama into his music, which shows great vitality. In 2002, he was composer of the year at the World Soundtrack Awards for Gosford Park and in 2015, he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Ghent.


Juanita Onzaga

With The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do, her graduation project at LUCA School of Arts, Juanita Onzaga won not only a VAF Wildcard, but also the jury award for best short film in the Generation section at the 2017 Berlinale. She was born in Colombia in 1991 and studied in Brussels, where she also resides, but still alternates that spot with Bogotá and Mexico. In The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do she set the tone, atmosphere and approach that recurs in all her short films: a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, touching the importance of mysticism, memory, death and imagination, creating poetic tales that reflect different ways of perceiving reality within strong political contexts.

She proves this with Our Song To War, which premiered at Cannes and was longlisted for the Oscars, in which she travels to the Colombian village of Bojayá, where war horror took place and where the ghosts of the dead now roam. Futurism and science fiction are given a place in Tomorrow is a Water Palace in which Sybille is the last person to muse on a planet without water. Besides Cannes and Berlin, Onzaga can now add Venice to her record of achievements. There, her Floating with Spirits was presented in the immersive competition. A VR experiment in which two girls prepare for the Day of the Dead. So Onzaga continues to innovate and build on her dozens of award-winning, unique worlds full of mysticism and full of poetry, where the invisible complements and gives more answers and meanings to the physical world.