Basel Film Music Festival – 1st edition – Alexandre Desplat

A new festival is born: Basel Film Music Festival, which will celebrate its 1st edition on May 6 & 7, 2022 in Basel (Switzerland), with Alexandre Desplat as a special guest.

Basel Film Music Festival - 1st edition - Alexandre Desplat


On Friday, May 6, at 19:30h, the Basel Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexandre Desplat (assistant conductor: Solrey), will perform a concert at the Stadtcasino Basel, with a selection of his most well-known works, having music from Grand Budapest Hotel, Shape of Water, Godzilla, Little Women, Twilight, Harry Potter and the Deahly Hallows, and the most recent The French Dispatch.

Basel Film Music Festival - 1st edition - Alexandre Desplat


Tickets (35-105 CHF / 34-104 €):


On Saturday, May 7, at 10:00h, the two-time Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat will be available at the kult.kino Atelier Basel for a free masterclass, in a relaxed personal talk with festival-founder Alex Strohm, to discuss various stations of Desplat’s journey. Strohm will be joined by Swiss film music composer Michael Künstle (“Jagdzeit”, “Neumatt”). And there will be enough to talk about, with Desplat’s work having led to 11 Oscar, 12 Golden Globe, and 11 Grammy nominations.


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This masterclass will also be livestreamed and broadcast worldwide for free on myfilm. The live broadcast will also start on May 7 at 10h. Whether the recording will be available after the livestream is under clarification.


In the organizer’s words:

“Originally, the start of the festival was planned for Spring 2021. The pandemic has made any plans a gamble, so we were not sure we could pull off anything at all. For a festival lasting several days, we definitely didn’t have enough time but we decided to celebrate one night of film music to give an indication of where our journey will be going in the future. Luckily, many encouraged us to make that step.”


“Basel Film Music Festival is celebrating film music, which is the heartbeat of every film. Supported by the six-time Academy Award-winning producer Arthur Cohn, Golden Globe-winning actor Brian Cox as well as many regional and national partners, a new festival is coming to light that is truly dedicated to film music and film in general.”


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