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Krzysztof Zanussi – the hero of Scoring4Polish Directors

“None of Kilar's soundtracks have disappointed me. That's why I never thought about working with someone else,” Krzysztof Zanussi said to his fans a few hours before the official concert devoted to his work. Yesterday’s Scoring4Polish Directors gala was combined with the celebration of the director’s 80th birthday. In the second part of the evening we also presented two prestigious FMF awards: the Young Talent Award and the award for the Polish Soundtrack of the Year.

We have organised the Scoring4Polish Directors monographic concert for the fourth time. The previous editions have featured Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański and Agnieszka Holland. This year, the first part of the evening was dominated by the works of Wojciech Kilar, the closest collaborator and friend of the main protagonist of our gala: Krzysztof Zanussi. “It was an artistic and, above all, human friendship, because during his work Wojtek complained about me; he probably preferred to write music for more violent films. We survived in this symbiosis for nearly five decades. I like building lasting relationships, that’s just who I am. The stability of friendship is really valuable,” said the director during yesterday's meeting with the audience of the 12th FMF.

Yesterday, the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the baton of Marek Moś, the founder of the band, presented Kilar’s suites (arranged by Nikiforos Chrysoloras) from eight films directed by Zanussi (Illumination, HypothesisA Woman's DecisionThe ContractAt Full GallopBlack SunWherever You Are, and Foreign Body). The vocalisation from Spirala (music used in the Foreign Body, arranged by Mariusz Obijalski) was sensually and poignantly performed by Kasia Moś. The vocalist also sung the traditional Happy Birthday to the director, who will be 80 years old in June.

The first part of the gala was set in a musical framework – the concert was opened and closed with motifs from Zanussi's latest film Ether (released in November 2018). The first minutes were marked by Michał Miodek's Humoreska on piano, performed by the composer himself, the finale was illustrated by the sound of Sandro Ruscio’s Vals.

In the second part of the evening, the audience could listen to pieces by film composers of the young generation. The beginning featured four motifs (Night and Day, Choo-choo, Dance All Night, The Hi De Ho Man) from Mr Jones, the latest film by Agnieszka Holland, performed by a jazz pianist Marcin Masecki trio and a dark suite by Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz from the same film. The concert was concluded with orchestra suites with ethnic notes, composed by Bartosz Chajdecki for two TV series: Kruk. Szepty słychać po zmroku and Ziuk. Młody Piłsudski.

It was Chajdecki, the music for the Kruk. Szepty słychać po zmroku TV series, who won the new FMF award, granted by
 a jury of 50 journalists and film music experts for the best soundtrack of the year. “I would like to thank the jury for appreciating my music. It's a great joy for me and an important project in general,” said the composer after receiving the award. “The statuette we award is a mysterious tube that makes a sound, similar to pouring sand. It can serve as a metaphor for the long journey that composers have to make from participating in a film to being signed by a record label. Dear publishers and producers, please release film music on CDs!" said Robert Piaskowski, Artistic Director of FMF, who presented the award.

During yesterday's gala we also awarded the prestigious 7th Young Talent Award. From the 70 applications received this year, the jury, chaired by Richard Bellis, composer and Emmy Award winner, selected the winning suite composed for the selected scenes from Agnieszka Holland's Spoor. The award went to Hubert Walkowski, a student of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. “This award is, above all, a great motivation for me to continue composing film music, which we all love,” said the winner of the 2019 Young Talent Award on the stage of the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium Hall at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

The award-winning suite by Hubert Walkowski was performed by the AUKSO Orchestra during yesterday's gala. The evening of the Scoring4Polish Directors series was organised in cooperation with Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne.

We are in for another day of the festival, featuring The Magic of Music, a concert of songs from Walt Disney's films in Krakow's TAURON Arena, and a screening of Alejandro Gonzáles Iñáritu's Birdman with Antonio Sánchez's music performed live by the composer. Join us for a screening at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

Maria Wilczek-Krupa