JEAN-MICHEL BLAIS - MATTHIAS & MAXIME SOUNDTRACK
LABEL : ARTS & CRAFTS // RELEASE DATE : OCTOBER 25, 2019
French-Canadian composer and pianist Jean-Michel Blais will release the soundtrack to Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s upcoming film release, Matthias & Maxime, on Arts & Crafts on October 25. The Montreal-based composer was chosen by the acclaimed actor and film-maker to write the music for the film, which received its world premiere on May 22 at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. There is a long love story between Cannes and Dolan has he is in fact the youngest director to ever receive the Jury Prize.
The music for the Matthias & Maxime Official Soundtrack was developed in close collaboration between Blais and Dolan in the studio, using techniques derived from improvisation, with the music of Franz Schubert serving as a point of inspiration. Unusually for a feature film, certain tracks were developed first, the scene was shot to the music, and then edited to fit it, rather than the other way around.
Directly approached by Dolan, Blais was eager to take on the project: “I was touched, moved, incredulous... without reading the script, I accepted right away. Growing up with every single movie [Dolan] has made, it was a simple choice for me cancel my vacations and get to work. Following a fairly unorthodox process, we ended up keeping the demos, improvised in the studio - variations on a Schubert theme - creating a cohesive musical soundscape that Xavier used during the shoot and the editing period.”
MORE ABOUT XAVIER DOLAN Xavier Dolan was born in Montréal, Canada, and is known for his work as actor, screenwriter and director. He won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his film Mommy and went on to direct the music video for Adele’s chart-topping “Hello”. In Matthias & Maxime, Dolan stars as Max alongside Harris Dickinson and Anne Dorval.
MATTHIAS & MAXIME SOUNDTRACK
2 Les feuilles mortes
3 Le lac
4 La blessure I (skit)
5 La blessure I
6 Le souper
7 La solitude (skit)
8 La solitude
9 La blessure II
10 La ferme
11 Un autre amour
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