Hot on the heels of our release of Super Furball, we once again teams up with Finnish composer Panu Aaltio as he underscores a movie about one of the most important events of the country’s sport history. Directed by Aleksi Mäkelä, 95 tells the story of the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championship. Hosted in neighboring Sweden, the Finnish national team had to go the extra mile in order to win its first ever championship, beating the Swedish team 4 to 1. The movie tells the ups and downs of the historical weekend of May 1995 – a date that no Finnish hockey fan can ever forget.
”95 is a film about one of those events about which you can ask Finns where they were when it happened, and they’ll most likely be able to tell you” explains the composer about the movie’s importance and his approach to scoring it. “Starting to score a film about such a strongly regarded piece of recent sports history was daunting at first, but I enjoyed it tremendously after we found a direction for the score that could sustain both the epic nostalgy and the character-centric drama of the film’s story.” The music features epic inspirational music for the team itself with character-driven dramatic cues supporting the intertwining stories of fans witnessing the miraculous victory at home.
95 marks the seventh MovieScore Media release with Panu Aaltio for whom the label released the acclaimed Tale of a Forest (2012) and Tale of Lake (2016), both of which won the Best Original Score for a Documentary award of the IFMCA. The string of collaborations include The Home of Dark Butterflies (2009), Finland’s official submission for the 2009 Academy Awards and the epic Dawn of the Dragonslayer (2009), the Greece-set adventure score The Island of Secrets (2015) and most recently Super Furball (2018). Training as a cellist since the age of six, Aaltio also studied music technology and classical composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and film music at the University of Southern California where he received the Harry Warren scholarship for Excellence in Film Scoring.
MMS18009 • 95 (Original Motion Picture Score)
Music Composed by PANU AALTIO
Release date (digital): April 13, 2018
Release date (CD): May, 2018 (Quartet Records)