In August 2016, the Arvo Pärt Centre will host its sixth series of Film evenings, showing films that feature Arvo Pärt’s music. For the first time, the makers of as many as two of the films to be shown, David Trueba and Piero Messina, will be in Tallinn to talk about the background to their films and their reasons for their choice of film music.
The film evenings will open with the Soldiers of Salamina, a film from 2003 by the versatile Spanish filmmaker David Trueba, which takes the audience to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War as seen through the eyes of a contemporary writer. The film repeatedly uses and intertwines three often-used compositions: Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel and Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.
Nicola Bellucci’s humanistic documentary Grozny Blues, which premiered in March 2015, tells the story of today’s war-torn city of Grozny. The story focuses on heroic women who run a small human rights centre and the owner of a blues club trying to preserve at least some freedom in the increasingly strict Muslim atmosphere. The impressive opening shots of the film are accompanied by segments from Lamentate.
The film evenings close with the newest film, The Wait, by celebrated young Italian filmmaker Piero Messina, which has won acclaim at the Venice film festival only last autumn and stars one of the greatest actresses of the film world, Juliette Binoche. This debut film, which relies on two texts by Luigi Pirandello, suggests the rise of a new and powerful director in European film. The film features Arvo Pärt’s Trisagion.
The artistic director of the film evenings is Kaarel Kuurmaa.
The films will screen at cinema Sõprus with English and Estonian subtitles, tickets are available through Piletilevi and at cinema Sõprus.