After making two highly successful short films, Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio’s debut feature, Retablo, receives its European premiere at The Berlin Film Festival. It was developed through the Sundance Feature Film Program Lab and screened at the 2017 Festival de Cine de Lima where it won the prize for Best Peruvian Film.
Here are a couple of pieces from Harry’s score to the film:
14-year-old Segundo lives with his parents in a village high in the magnificent mountains of Peru. His father Noé is a respected artist and Segundo’s role model. Noé hand-crafts altarpieces, decorated shrines for church and home, and is teaching Segundo the necessary skills to carry on in his footsteps. But cracks have developed in their close relationship because Noé is keeping a dark secret. With brutal honesty and saturated colours, the film peeks behind the facade of a seemingly intact village community where homophobic attidtudes enforced by patriarchal laws are carried out with remorseless violence. It sketches a visually powerful panorama of a world in which a young artist is searching for his niche.
Harry Escott and artist PJ Harvey have collaborated on An Acre of Land, a new recording that is the theme to Dark River, the latest film by Director Clio Barnard. The entire film is also scored by Escott, who says: ‘recording PJ Harvey’s vocal on “An Acre of Land”, a song we arranged together for Dark River, was a spine-tingling experience.’
An Acre of Land is released on February 9th 2018, via independent label Cognitive Shift Recordings.
PJ Harvey is an English composer and artist, the recipient of both the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prizes, as well as a 2013 MBE for services to music. She has contributed original music to the soundtrack for Mark Cousins’ film What’s This Film Called Love?, BBC television series Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy, and BBC Radio 4 Drama productions Eurydice and Orpheus by Simon Armitage, Orpheus and Eurydice by Linda Marshall Griffiths, and Nadia Molinari’s On Kosovo Field. Theatre score collaborations with director Ian Rickson include, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), The Nest (Young Vic, London), and Electra (Old Vic, London). Harvey’s latest album The Hope Six Demolition Project, reached #1 in the UK charts and was nominated for a Grammy.
Harry Escott first came to prominence in 2005 with his score to the influential psychological horror film Hard Candy, directed by David Slade. Since then, Harry has worked with such stellar directorial talents as Eran Creevy on both Shifty and Welcome To The Punch; Michael Winterbottom on A Mighty Heart, The Road To Guantanamo, and Face Of An Angel; Clio Barnard on the multi award-winning The Arbor; and The Selfish Giant, a contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story; as well as Nick Broomfield on Ghosts; and perhaps most prominently, on Steve McQueen’s seminal debut film Shame.
Escott describes Dark River as ‘a film that leaves me wanting to take more care of those around me, which is a good thing for a film to leave you with!’
The film premiered at the 2017 London Film Festival from October 4th to 15th, and will be on general release on February 23rd, 2018.