Milan Records: "THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF" music by Uno Helmersson


Milan Records today releases THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by award-winning composer UNO HELMERSSON.  Available everywhere now, the album features music written by Helmersson for director Benjamin Ree’s newest documentary surrounding the relationship between artist Barbora Kysilkova and the thief who stole her paintings.  Originally making its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Painter and the Thief is now available to watch from NEON.

Of the soundtrack, composer UNO HELMERSSON says, “I am really happy with the music for The Painter and the Thief. I think that it is by all means emphasizing the uniqueness in this beautiful and unexpected story. Working with Benjamin Ree has been a true pleasure. With his enormous trust in the process of creating narration and his trust in my music, we have had a creative collaboration on my music for The Painter and the Thief. This film is truly a piece of art.”

The Painter and the Thief tells the story of a Czech artist, who, desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

About Uno Helmersson... is an award-winning Swedish composer and a multi-instrumentalist whose credits include the worldwide hit TV series The Bridge, broadcast in more than 100 territories and for which he was awarded a Golden FIPA. Awarded and nominated for his music, with over 60 composer credits on IMDB and more than 800 registered compositions on his rights society, he is among the top composers in the northern part of Europe. 2019 has been busy with working on major documentaries like On The President’s Orders, The Painter and The Thief and the Norwegian TV-series 22 Juli.

Other major credits include the Emmy winning Armadillo documentary series following a group of Danish soldiers for 6 months in Afghanistan; Magnus, about the life of Norway’s Mozart of Chess directed by Benjamin Ree for Norway’s Moskus Film; Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, additional score; Mikkei Norgaard’s The Absent One; and Zentropa’s Department Q film series. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Uno will be releasing five albums this year, some of his soundtracks and a solo album he’s been honing for the last twelve months.

Uno was born and raised at a farm in Västerbotten, in the rural parts of northern Sweden. When he was a small child, his parents took note of his talent for music and made him take organ classes in the nearest town. As a teenager, having moved to a larger town, he played in bands and came to realize that he wanted to pursue music as his profession. He studied music in upper secondary school and continued with a number of preparatory courses before being accepted into Royal College of Music in Stockholm in the fall of 2002.

During his college years, he came into contact with Johan Söderqvist, one of the most prominent composers of film music in the Nordics. After graduating, Uno started working as Söderqvist’s assistant on films like Let the Right One In, Kon-Tiki and Limbo. Their cooperation matured into a partnership that has resulted in acclaimed productions like the TV series The Bridge and Department Q I & II.


Uno got his own international breakthrough with his music for the Danish documentary Armadillo in 2010. Since then he has been frequently engaged to compose music for TV and cinema all around the world.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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