According to Alberto Barbera, the artistic director of the Venice fest -
“Alexandre Desplat is not only one of the greatest composers of film scores today, but an ardent cinéphile, whose extraordinary artistic sensitivity is sustained by a profound knowledge of cinema, its history and its language.”What an honor for Desplat who, as the fest president teased, is "Not an actor. Not a director." It's the first time in the event's history - the world's oldest film festival - that a composer has been selected to serve as president of its main jury. Of course Desplat is no ordinary composer.
I'm a bit of a Desplat groupie but not because of his Gallic good looks; the 52-year-old has earned Oscar nominations for his gorgeous musical scores in six films: The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, and Philomena.
The nine-person Venice Film Festival jury hands out eight awards on the festival’s final night, including its most prestigious honors: the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion for Best Director, acting prizes, and two jury prizes.
Sample some Desplat now with the score for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Enjoy!
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