Lakeshore Records: "M.F.A." Music Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli


Francesca Eastwood gives a breakout performance as an art student who taps into a rich source of creative inspiration after the accidental slaughter of her rapist. An unlikely vigilante emerges, set out to avenge college girls whose attackers walked free - all the while fueling a vivid thesis exhibition.

Directed by Natalia Leite, starring Francesca Eastwood & Clifton Collins Jr.
2017 SXSW Grand Jury Award nominee

Sonya Belousova ON M.F.A.
“There are two prominent elements featured in the score for M.F.A.. The first element is Francesca Eastwood's phrases sampled from her dialogue. We played around with these phrases, treated them with various effects, processed and reversed them to create a "cacophony" of voices, a twisted inner dialogue in Noelle's head. Noelle is changing, and so one word present throughout the whole score is "change". You can find it almost in every cue, you don't always hear it, but you subconsciously feel it. Another element is breathing. We recorded short breaths, long breaths, anxious breaths, violent breaths, relaxed breaths, you name it! You’re surrounded by this texture of voices and breathing that becomes an integral part of the score. These elements are complimented by peculiar and twisted sonorities created with various synthesizers to reflect Noelle's state of mind.”

ABOUT Sonya Belousova & Giona Ostinelli - Variety calls the soundtrack for female-driven drama-thriller M.F.A., the Grand Jury Award nominee at the 2017 SXSW, “vividly unnerving” while The Hollywood Reporter states: "The effects-rich score by composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli... puts us in her head during intense scenes and starts allowing scraps of dialogue that challenge the morality of her judge-jury-executioner agenda."

Ostinelli & Belousova have recently wrapped up Stephen King’s THE MIST TV series from The Weinstein Company starring Frances Conroy, Morgan Spector and Alyssa Sutherland. Movie Pilot lauded the soundtrack for THE MIST released by BMG Records as "a stroke of genius... the score played a pivotal role in bringing The Mist to life... Ostinelli & Belousova have crafted something very special here", while the Film Music Critics Association described it as a "fascinating and addictive composition, a superb score on its own and one of the most affecting parts of the show in context. Once again Giona Ostinelli & Sonya Belousova deliver an exceptional composition. The Mist is a complex and complete score that you shouldn’t miss under any circumstances".  

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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