We continue our exploration of great documentary scores with the new soundtrack of French Emmy-winning composer Cyrille Aufort (A Royal Affair, Past Life, Knock). Directed by Eric Valli, Nepal, Beyond the Clouds takes viewers to the small kingdom in the middle of the Himalayas, where the real life tragedy of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal left 9000 people dead and 23000 injured. The film follows two young teenagers, Raj and Shiva in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated their country. Besides getting their share of the rebuilding process, the two young boys are forced to become men as they are to cope with their own individual losses so that the healing process could begin.
“Raj and Shiva’s strength, pugnacity and innocence largely inspired the music for the film,” says Cyrille about the origins of his contributions. “The score, built on a set of 12 strings and 2 soloists (viola and cello) and mixed with synthetic colours, helps to reveal a natural world as beautiful as it is inhospitable and fabulous landscapes as harsh as the climate. For his part, director Eric Valli wanted the music to highlight the strength of men rebuilding their country with meager resources in the face of nature unleashed.“ With hints of the local musical scene, Aufort uses a beautiful symphonic palette to emphasize the universality of the tragedy, highlighting the international nature of the reconstruction process.
Cyrille Aufort started composing music for the theatre, short films and animation films before working extensively in the cinema. While working as an orchestrator for Alexandre Desplat, Aufort’s first major composing credit was Vincenzo Natali’s DNA-based sci-fi horror Splice, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. In 2012, Aufort and Gabriel Yared co-composed the score for A Royal Affair, the historical drama starring Alicia Vikander and Mads Mikkelsen. His more recent credits include Yann Gozlan’s A Perfect Man, Avi Nesher’s Past Life as well as the new Arctic-themed documentaries of Luc Jacquet: The Ice and the Sky and March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, which won the Award for Best Original Music Emmy in the Mini Series, Film or Special category and a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Documentary Music. latest release with the label is the French comedy Knock.
MMS19010 NEPAL: BEYOND THE CLOUDS (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by CYRILLE AUFORT
Release date (digital): March 29, 2019