BAFTA award-winning composer Jesper Kyd has been commissioned by Danish Film Festival founders Christian Ditlev Bruun and Lene Pels Jorgensen to provide a new score for the Danish Film Festival: Los Angeles (www.dkfilmfestla.com) feature presentation of Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 masterpiece "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" (The Passion of Joan of Arc). The landmark film portrays the intense trial and death of France's 15th-century warrior-maiden.
Co-presented with the American Cinematheque, the Danish Film Festival opens this Thursday, October 4th, with the screening of the Danish print of the film accompanied by Kyd's score at the Egyptian Theater (www.egyptiantheatre.com) in Hollywood.
The film's extensive use of close-ups is among the most harrowing, claustrophobic ever witnessed in a motion picture. Actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti's face, with her uncanny glowing eyes and mournful looks, proved an ideal map for the emotional territory the director wanted to explore. Her performance has rightly been called one of cinema's greatest.
Composer Jesper Kyd's unique scores have garnered international critical acclaim including endorsements from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Billboard, MTV and The Hollywood Reporter. His powerful blend of orchestral, choral and modern music styles enhances the emotional and dramatic impact of numerous cinematic productions including the multi-million selling HITMAN franchise. His upcoming projects include ASSASSIN'S CREED and KANE & LYNCH.