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7th Annual Krakow Film Music Festival to Celebrate Composer Hans Zimmer

Krakow – 11 August 2014: Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, The Lion King) will take part in the International Film Music Festival Gala, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Association of Composers, Authors and Producers (ASCAP), it was announced today. Zimmer will also perform during the finale of the Polish premiere of the suite from Inception, and will make a special appearance at the screening of Gladiator, which will be set to live music. The announcement of Zimmer rounds out the impressive list of celebrated musicians being honored at this year’s festival.
As a reminder, in addition to Zimmer, the 2014 Film Music Festival in Krakow will also welcome Elliot Goldenthal (Alien 3, Frida, Batman), Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Thor), Dario Marianelli (Atonement, Anna Karenina), Johan Söderqvist (Kon Tiki Expedition, King of Devil’s Island), Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel), Garry Schyman (BioShock Infinite, Dante's Inferno).

Izabela Helbin – Director of the Krakow Festival Office organizing FMF is delighted: It's a real joy for all fans of music and film in Poland. Firstly, because Hans Zimmer will visit Krakow and take part in FMF; secondly, because for the first time in Poland, we will hear the iconic Gladiator with Lisa Gerrard, co-composer of the music for Ridley Scott's spectacular production, thirdly because Hans Zimmer has also agreed to perform the incredible Inception by Christopher Nolan.

This sentiment is echoed by the artistic director of FMF - Robert Piaskowski: The breakthrough soundtrack from Gladiator, which forever changed the way film music will be composed, is beloved by millions of fans around the world and will be performed live in the Coliseum of the XXI century – the modern Krakow Arena. The spectacular music for Inception will sound in the steel interior of the post-industrial Tinning Factory – could one dream of a better line up for the festival? Zimmer’s powerful musical landscapes, a monumental orchestra and electronics, and finally, the man himself, Hans Zimmer, on piano for the grand finale. Certainly this will be a historical edition.

Music for Inception is essentially a sound landscape, intriguing and powerful music: a spacious symphony, the pulsating impact of the extensive brass section and the power of electronica. The slow mass of sounds highlight the relativity and conventionality of the presented world, the adventures of the characters and the depth of the intimate, infinite world of dreams. This is another successful experiment that will remain an important turning point in the history of film music - says Piaskowski.

In addition to an unparalleled pace with which Zimmer works, his constantly innovative approach to musical genres is amazing. Zimmer has created his own unique and recognizable style. Zimmer’s soundtracks speak for themselves - whether it's a drama, such as the already mentioned Rain Man, action movies, war movies, or the latest projects - the dark and murky films by Christopher Nolan based on the world of the Dark Knight comics, for which he received a Grammy Award - says Piaskowski.

Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over 22 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. He has been honored with an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes®, three Grammys®, an American Music Award, and a Tony® Award. In 2003, ASCAP presented him with the prestigious Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work. He also received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2010.

Some of his most recent works include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Ron Howard’s Rush, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, History Channel’s miniseries The Bible; the Christopher Nolan-directed films Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Some of Zimmer’s most notable works include his scores for Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma & Louise, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, Mission: Impossible II, Hannibal, Pearl Harbor, Tears of the Sun, Spanglish, The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar films, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Inception.

Zimmer is currently in production on the score for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, releasing in November 2014.

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