No plans for September? How about visiting Kraków? Except for all it’s main attractions, 7th edition of the Film Music Festival is going to be one of the most significant events. Every year it is dedicated to different incredible soundtracks and music that made your trip to the cinema unforgettable. It stands out from other film-themed events with it’s combination of world-class interpretations of film music performed by leading musicians and orchestras with the highest quality film projections on a large screen.
This year’s programme includes great concerts and many special guests. One of them is going to be Hans Zimmer, honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and four Grammy’s, he is partly responsible for the succes of such movies as Inception, The Dark Knight, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and Rain Man. He is going to be a guest of honor during one of the biggest concerts, finally in Kraków: Gladiator live in Concert. Have you been the weepy person in the back of the cinema after the Gladiator screening? Imagine bursting into tears after hearing this music live, performed by an orchestra on the stage of the Krakow Arena – a sort of modern Colosseum.
Who is your favourite James Bond? Roger Moore? Sean Connery? I hope not Daniel Craig(blond Bond drinking beer? Come on!) Despite ‘who was the best Agent’ discords, all fans of the British series agree to one thing: songs from all the movies are amazing. Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, You Only Live Twice, Nobody Does It Better, GoldenEye, Skyfall, From Russia With Love, and Licence to Kill have been performed by some of pop music’s greatest stars, including Shirley Bassey, Duran Duran, A-ha, Paul McCartney & The Wings, Tina Turner, Madonna, Jack White with Alicia Keys, and Adele. On 26 September, during the concert 007. The Best of James Bond, the Kraków Arena resounds with symphonic versions of some of the best-loved titles and parts of soundtracks.
This year’s edition is going to start with a screening of the Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated film Kon-Tiki (2012, dir. Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg). The largest film production in the history of Norwegian cinema will be presented to the audience in a live concert. Kon-Tiki is an adaptation of the bestselling book by the Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl, who wished to prove his theory that it was possible to settle Polynesia in pre-Columbian times by crossing the Pacific by raft. With breathtaking execution, outstanding acting, special effects and captivating music by Johan Söderqvist, this will be a riveting event.
Closing out the Festival is the International Film Music Gala, celebrating the 100th birthday of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The society was founded in 1914 to protect the rights of music creators. During the ASCAP birthday gala, we will hear the most beautiful film suites of the last century, including music from Gone With the Wind, Spartacus, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Last of the Mohicans, Babel, Brokeback Mountain and many others. The concert will be graced by the presence of many of the great composers of film music today. The first special guest to accept FMF’s invitation is Gustavo Santaolalla – winner of two Academy Awards for his scores to Brokeback Mountain and Babel.
Tickets for all the concerts are available at http://www.eventim.pl and in selected InfoKrakow points in Krakow: św. Jana 2 Street, in Wyspiański Pavilion (pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2), in The Tourist Service Center Powiśle 11 Street and also in Krakow Cloth Hall on the Main Market Square.