Film Fest Gent honours French composer Philippe Sarde with Lifetime Achievement Award

The French film composer Philippe Sarde gets a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Film Fest Gent. The film festival honors, as in the framework of the 18th World Soundtrack Awards, the career of Sarde, a range of work has written for just about 190 soundtracks. Sarde was in the 70’s, the favorite composer of many directors after his breakthrough compositions for the French drama’s “Barocco”, “Le locataire” and “Tess”.

“If you think about the incredible amount, quality and variety in his music, it is a mystery why the legendary French maestro, no greater reputation and barely celebrated outside the filmmuziekwereld,” says Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of Film Fest Gent. “But one of his best work is undoubtedly his wonderful creepy score for the supernatural thriller ‘Ghost Story’, and his epic and other-worldly score for the prehistoriefilm ‘Quest of Fire'”

During his career of nearly 50 years, worked Sarde together with leading European directors such as Claude Sautet, Bertrand Tavernier, Roman Polanski, André Téchiné and Jean-Jacques Annaud. He is known for the versatility in his music, ranging from symphonic work to jazz.

The World Soundtrack Awards will receive in addition to Philippe Sarde also the acclaimed composer Carter Burwell, who in the world premiere his film music will be performing, and the Oscar-nominated composer and pianist Nicholas Britell.

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