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Bruno COULAIS

Guest at the Books & Music Festival 2016

Bruno Coulais is one of the most innovative composers of French cinema. Young symphonist, author of concert works, he discovered in film music (in 1978) an additional means of expression.

In 1995, he met the pair Claude Nuridsany-Marie Pérennou, who invited him to set music Microcosmos, initiatory journey to the centimeter scale. The success of the film and its soundtrack will make Bruno Coulais the essential composer of other natural tales: genesis et The key to the fields (Nuridsany-Pérennou), The migratory people, Océans et Seasons (Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud), The White Planet et Amazon (Thierry Ragobert). Whether research works or French blockbusters (Vidocq, Belphégor, The Purple Rivers), Coulais sees his art as a window open to the world, revealing a gift from a modern alchemist.

In 2000 he received an opera order, Il Gioco di Robin e Marion, in which he immerses himself with passion. He then directs his Stabat Mater, in 2005, in the cathedral of Saint-Denis. In 2004, he produced music for Choristers by Christophe Barratier.

Released in fall 2010, Au fond des bois deepens his relationship with Benoît Jacquot, Farewell to the Queen au Maid's diarywithout forgetting Three hearts. He also creates the music for the animated film Coraline by Henry Selick (co-director with Tim Burton of The strange Christmas of Mr. Jack). Coraline confirms the marriage between Bruno Coulais and the author's animation cinema, also embodied by the young Irish prodigy Tomm Moore who reinvents Celtic legends in Brendan and the secret of Kells et The Song of the Sea.

2016 offers a balance, between reunions and new collaborations. On the one hand, the poetic-shaggy universe of James Huth which zaps the second opus of Brice de Nice to tackle the third directly; on the other, Bertrand Tavernier, ambassador of modern cinephilia, with a documentary sum on forty years of French cinema. A way for Bruno Coulais to greet great elders who shaped his vocation: Maurice Jaubert, Henri Dutilleux, Georges Delerue…

He will be present:

Sat April 16/15 p.m. - Viewpoint - Viva Italia Program
AN AUTHOR / COMPOSER
Meeting with Rene de Ceccatty & Bruno Coulais
René de Ceccatty, with his multiple hats - writer, editor, translator, playwright - is one of the greatest passers-by of Italian literature in France. He maintains a passionate relationship with music which is reflected in his work and in his artistic collaborations. Among these, his work with the composer - winner of 3 César - Bruno Coulais, creator of music for films such as Microcosmos, Les choristes or Le Peuple migrateur. During the festival, they will talk about everything that brings them together.

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