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Clara Sola (Ruben de Gheselle)

Georges Delerue Prize-winning original score from the five time Guldbagge Award-winning 2021 drama feature film directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, starring Wendy Chinchilla Araya, Ana Julia Porras Espinoza and Daniel Castañeda Rincón, produced by Hobab and released by Oscilloscope Laboratories (USA), Peccadillo Pictures (UK) and Epicentre Films (France).

THE STORY: In a remote village in Costa Rica, Clara, a withdrawn 40-year-old woman, experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from the repressive religious and social conventions which have dominated her life.

THE SCORE: Clara Sola‘s music is strongly linked to the Costa Rican nature, which is omnipresent in Natalie’s poetic film. We worked around different basic elements such as fire, water & earth, distilled their characteristics and translated this into different musical textures. This makes the music chaotic and charming at the same time, it attracts and pushes away. For the orchestral recordings, sometimes up to five orchestras were layered on top of each other, creating a very dense but subtle tapestry of sound. We collaborated with soloists Jolien Deley and Tille Van Gastel, the string quartet Ma’at and the Budapest Art Orchestra.” – Ruben de Gheselle

THE COMPOSER: The 29-year-old film composer Ruben de Gheselle, known for his intimate, hypnotic and sometimes dark scores, is active on various international productions including some recent titles such as the Cannes nominated and Costa Rican entry for the Academy Awards – Clara Sola (2021), which won the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music’ at Film Fest Gent, the Tiong Bahru Social Club (2020), nominated for the Golden Horses Awards and nominated in the Busan International Film Festival (2020) or the Canneseries-winning production Lockdown (2020). Ruben also worked on several internationally acclaimed short films including The Passerby (2020), Beast! (2016), Norman (2014) and Elena (2021). Furthermore, many of these films and series aired on television networks including VRT, ARTE and RTBF. His music for A Cops and Robbers Story, featuring the internationally acclaimed post-classical ensemble Echo Collective, has been released by RealityBytes, MovieScore Media’s sub-label dedicated to documentary film scores.

MMS22004 CLARA SOLA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by RUBEN DE GHESELLE
Release date (digital): March 4, 2022

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