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Léopold Roi des belges,

animated film by Mad Cat Studio (2018, 47 min.)

Music composed and conducted by Stéphane Orlando

 

 
 
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Silences et éternités,

les soeurs trappistines de Chimay

(2018, 54 min.)

documentary by Emmanuel Allaer, Joël Leclercq and Jean-Michel Dehon

 

Music composed and conducted by Stéphane Orlando, played by Ensemble Tarentule and Ensemble Fractales

 
 
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Funn-Jo-Shi (1928, 75min.) by Toko Yamasaki

 

Stéphane Orlando is composing an orchestral accompaniment to this film on the basis of the Kabuki sounds. To get to the source, he goes to Kyoto City University of Arts from 28th of June until the 21th of July 2016 to meet Japanese traditional musicians and learn the dramaturgical principles of the genre.

 
 
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The title betrays the sub-genre of this period drama (jidai geki), treachery and conspiracy within a samurai clan. The two antagonists are the sinister Sannosuke (Ippei Soma) and the young Shinhachi (Chojiro Hayashi), who returns home full of optimism at the beginning of the film after three years' service in the capital. He will be seeing his fiancée Chigusa (Akiko Chihaya) again - but the prince has taken her as his concubine. From then on Shinhachi is suspected of vengeance-inspired treachery against the head of the clan, even though he is loyal to the point of self-sacrifice and resists all incitements of the scheming Sannosuke. He refuses to betray his duty (giri) on account of personal feelings (ninjo). Even after his older brother's death by seppuku [ritual suicide] and the imprisonment of Chigusa, Shinhachi saves his clan leader from poisoning by Sannosuke and the prince's new favourite. Good wins through politically, but the lovers cannot be united in this corrupt world. Chigusa goes to her death, and Shinhachi abroad into exile.

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