Film composer Cyril Morin scores the critically-acclaimed international film Zaytoun. Directed by Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis, Zaytoun was written by first-time writer Nader Rizq and stars Stephen Dorff. Morin and Riklis previously collaborated on the film Playoff. Cyril Morin's poignant score for Zaytoun is nominated for "Best Score" at the World Soundtrack Awards held in Ghent, Belgium October 19th. Zaytoun opens in select markets September 20, 2013. The score album was released outside the U.S. February 15, 2013.
Zaytoun premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award as a finalist. The film follows an unlikely alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot (Dorff) shot down over Beirut in 1982. Cyril Morin's unique score encompasses a broad musical palette, ranging from solo piano and traditional strings, to ethnic strummed out violins bowed with urgent, predatory percussion and indigenous instrumentation for moments of pursuit.
Cyril Morin has scored more than 80 projects receiving critical acclaim and accolades throughout the U.S. and Europe. The Hollywood Reporter praised Morin's music for That Day as "a wonderfully varied and evocative score." Additionally, Morin received a World Soundtrack Award nomination for The Syrian Bride, AFI honors for Samsara, and two awards for the Cannes Film Festival entry Little Jerusalem. Other projects include A Simple Heart, Ultimatum, Human Resources Manager, and I Do. His documentary and Television credits include Mafiosa and Borgia.
Cyril Morin has successfully worked in all areas of music. As an orchestrator, arranger and producer, he has collaborated with international superstars including Madonna, Mirwais, Kery James and the Indian singer Vidya Rao. As a solo artist, Morin's album The Evolutionist is described as "a cinematic journey and a beautiful fusion of sound." Morin has released dozens of albums through his label, Massive Music.
Recently, Cyril Morin demonstrated his talents as a filmmaker with the short film The Application Café, which he directed and produced. That project lead to Morin's first feature film, The Activist; for which he serves as the writer, director, producer, and composer. The Activist is a political thriller set in South Dakota with the 1973 Wounded Knee Incident as the film's backdrop. The film stars Michael Spears (Dances with Wolves) and Alena Von Stroheim (1000 Ways to Die). Cyril Morin splits his time between Paris and Los Angeles.