Original score from the 2008 war drama feature film directed by Aku Louhimies, starring Pihla Viitala, Samuel Vauramo and Matti Ristinen, produced by Helsinki Filmi and released by FS Film (Finland). Original title: Käsky.
THE STORY: There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed.
THE SCORE: “Despite the grim setting, since this was essentially a love story between a couple from opposing sides (à la Romeo and Juliet) the music had to be suspenseful at times, but our focus was more about the bittersweet romance which could never happen.” – Pessi Levanto
THE COMPOSER: Finnish composer Pessi Levanto is the first to be featured in the MovieScore Media Portfolio series. He has scored around twenty full-length feature films, thirty short films and documentaries plus miscellaneous spots and commercials. He has released seven records of his own and played in and done arrangements for dozens of others. Besides his film work, Pessi is a sought-after arranger. His project Classical Trancelations with the Helsinki Philharmonic, had sold-out shows of orchestral versions of club music classics. His scores for Oma maa, Swingers, Psychosia and recent TV series Piece of My Heart are also available from MovieScore Media. Among Levanto’s upcoming scores are the one he wrote for the Norwegian thriller, The Innocents, directed by Eskil Vogt and in competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival – the score album for this film is also set to be released by MovieScore Media later this year.
MMS21055 MovieScore Media Portfolio
TEARS OF APRIL (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by PESSI LEVANTO
Release date (digital): July 9, 2021