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MovieScore Media: "Quo Vadis, Aida"? (Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz)

Original score from the Academy Award-nominated 2020 war drama feature film directed by Jasmila Zbanic, starring Jasna Djuricic, Raymond Thiry and Johan Heldenbergh, produced byDeblokada Produkcija, and released by Neon (USA).

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

“When you are given no more than 10 minutes of time in a film to support with your music, you have to be aware of the significance of every note and every musical phrase. Especially when the story you support carries within itself such a heavy emotional burden. From the very beginning of my collaboration with Jasmila Zbanic, it was clear that our aim will be to build a narrative bridge, connecting events which are hard to comprehend in isolation. It is my strong belief that music should remain silent when the scale of human evilness is revealed. War and genocide are not heroic or epic events and ought not be made easier to digest through the employment of music. However, even in this story, there is a glimmer of cautious hope in life in its purest, most basic form. This is where I found my connection to the main character and an entry point for my music. Hence my choice of restrained, repetitive motives and reduced orchestration, with only one final emotional paroxysm.” – Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz

Polish composer Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz studied composition at the Academy of Music in Krakow, writing his first score for an Agnieszka Holland film in 2002’s Julie Walking Home. Since then, he collaborated on most of the filmmaker’s projects, including Copying Beethoven, Spoor (which won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize) and Mr Jones, which received a Golden Bear nomination at Berlinale 2019. Antoni’s own awards include the 2008 European Film Music Trophy Young Talent Award for Winterreise, the German Television Music Award for My Mother, My Bride and I, and an individual achievement award for his Filip Bajon’s The Butler and Adrian Panek’s Werewolf as part of the 43rd Polish Film Festival. His score for Agnieszka Holland’s five time Czech Lions film, Charlatan, The Affair (The Glass Room) and Adventures of a Mathematician have been released by MovieScore Media this year. []

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