Festival de Cinéma et de Musique de Film de La Baule 2023 – 9th Edition

The 9th edition of the Festival de Cinéma et de Musique de Film de La Baule kicks off today, Wednesday, June 28th, and will be held until Sunday, July 2nd, 2023, in La Baule, France. The festival will pay tribute to musician and composer Kyle Eastwood and will feature composers Ludovic Bource, Jean-Michel Bernard, and Sacha Chaban among its guests.

Festival de Cinéma et de Musique de Film de La Baule 2023 – 9th Edition


Program summary:

SAT – 1/7 – 19:00h – Concert Kyle Eastwood

For almost 10 years, prestigious composers have left their mark on the Festival de Cinéma et de Musique de Film de La Baule with their presence and their interpretations: Francis Lai, Michel Legrand, Lalo Schifrin, Vladimir Cosma, Éric Serra, Gabriel Yared, Philippe Sarde, and Alexandre Desplat.


This year, the Festival de Cinéma et de Musique de Film de La Baule pays tribute to the talented jazz double bassist, composer, and arranger of film music, Kyle Eastwood, with a concert entitled “Eastwood by Eastwood”, dedicated to the best music from the films of his father, actor & director Clint Eastwood.


Kyle Eastwood, who will be accompanied by his quintet, will perform a program that will include music from Gran Torino, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Invictus, all films on which he collaborated with his father.


The concert, to be held at the Palais des Congrès et des Festivals Jacques Chirac – Atlantia, will be preceded by the awards ceremony of this 9th edition.


Estimated duration: 2.5 hours.


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La Baule 2023 - Eastwood by Eastwood


SUN – 2/7 – 12:00h – Meeting with composers Ludovic Bource, Jean-Michel Bernard & Sacha Chaban (1h 30m)

Revealed to the general public thanks to his fruitful collaboration with Michel Hazanavicius, Ludovic Bource will tell us, during this master class, about his training, his influences and his sensitive and original approach to comedy music, as heir to the venerable Henry Mancini. He will also reveal how the Oscar for The Artist changed his life.


He will then be joined by Jean-Michel Bernard (composer of additional music for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret, alongside Howard Shore, and music for Michel Gondry’s films) and Sacha Chaban (orchestrator of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and Get Out; and composer for numerous American productions such as Aftermath and The Vanished). Together they will discuss the differences between working in France and in the United States.


Between artistic differences and working conditions, legislation, and copyrights, these three French composers will talk about their “Hollywood experience” directly or indirectly, at Cinéma Le Gulf Stream.


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La Baule 2023 - Meeting with composers


SUN – 2/7 – 14:00h – Meeting with Kyle Eastwood (1h 30m)

Kyle Eastwood, a brilliant double bass player, grew up immersed in music and cinema, frequenting from an early age the composers (Lalo Schifrin, John Williams, Lennie Niehaus) with whom his father, Clint Eastwood, collaborated. In this conference to be held at the Cinéma Le Gulf Stream, he will tell us about the great soundtracks that determined his vocation, about his journey through the looking glass, first as a child actor and then as a composer-arranger, on soundtracks (especially Gran Torino), which he now brings back in concert. An elegant way to close the circle.


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Schoolchildren at the festival – Introduction to music in pictures

The animated film ‘Le Petit Nicolas – Qu’est-ce qu’on attend pour être heureux?’ and the musical film The Artist, explained in music and images by its composer Ludovic Bource.


This year, the festival will offer primary school students in La Baule the opportunity to meet film music composer Ludovic Bource, winner of the Oscar to the Best Soundtrack for The Artist and the Best Soundtrack Award at the 2022 La Baule Festival for ‘Le Petit Nicolas – Qu’est-ce qu’on attend pour être heureux?’


Organized by composer Emmanuel d’Orlando (director of the film music class at the Paul Dukas Conservatory in Paris), this event will offer primary school students in La Baule the opportunity to attend and participate in a real “master class” adapted to their age (from 7 years old).


Excerpts from these two films will be screened, and the music, as well as the choice and function of the instruments, will be commented and explained by their composer. The aim is not simply to show excerpts, but to demonstrate the musical construction in a didactic and entertaining way that will capture the attention of the young audience. These explanations and demonstrations will be interspersed with genuine discussions with the students.


The event, centered around the discovery of the creative work of composer Ludovic Bource, will be offered to 900 primary school students, in a true approach and initiation to music in images.


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