Images for music is a film project based on the realizationof the Béla Bartók’s opera “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” (1911) as a medium length movie.
Béla Bartók is a great Hungarian musician and one of the most important composers of the XX century. He and Béla Balázs, the author of the libretto, rewrote the famous Charles Perrault’s fairy tale as a “dark” opera. The story tells about a rough love affair between Bluebeard and Judith: he hides some unmentionable secrets and she tries to bring them to light. Their lives wrap in a seductive game where each consequence is unexpected, in an atmosphere of suspense where every word hides a forbidden meaning and every action shows something deeper.
Images for music sets the story nowadays: the main characters are a young girl and a young man, who engage a cruel and reckless fight, in the name of their love and desperation. The movie wants to talk to the audience of today, wants to tell a story about the world we know trough a timeless story, leaving intact the evocative power of Bartók’s music.
The most interesting aspect of the project is the way the film has been thought to be projected: during the projection an orchestra plays Bartók’s music and the singers sing the text, all live. It’s not simply like those performance where you see a mute film with some musician improvising or arranging a soundtrack. We do the opposite: a brand new film for the grand Bartók’s music. That’s why the name Images for music, a kind of performance never seen before, almost in Italy…
The idea of the project comes from prof. Pasquale D’Ascola of Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, who involves its students and professors. The students, coming from all over Europe, will play as singers and orchestra director, followed by their professors in each step of the work.
The singers are Markos Kleovoulou (Ciprus), Arina Alexeeva (Russia) and Sonia Caputo (Italy).
The orchestra director is Marco Alibrando.
The Symphonic Orchestra La Verdi of Milan, one of the best stable orchestras in Italy, will play the opera at the premiere in Milan in the Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo in autumn (date not fixed yet).
Schmid Visual Arts and Commercials, a production company working from decades in Milan, keeps the overview on the film production.
The project runs in a competition announcement by the Cinema and Television School of Milan in order to have some technical equipment.
The director of the film Gianmaria Sortino is graduated in cinema and television direction in the Cinema School of Milan. Working with him a crew composed by professionals and ex-students of the cinema school.
The General Consolate of Hungary of Milan supports the project.
Why we’re asking your contribute?
The Conservatory invests funds in the musical part of the project: the training for actors/singers and for the orchestra director; the rehearsals with La Verdi Orchestra, made by forty-eight musicians.The video part of the project has some funds, but not enough to realize the entire movie. The amount we’re looking for is necessary to fill the gap in our production difficulties:
- Locations rent;
- Partial technical equipment rent;
- Post-production fees (color correction and DCP).
Without your support Images for music is only half-completed! We remind you that our project has no commercial purposes, but only cultural purposes.
Join us to realize something unique, a never seen performance!
Thank you very much for your attention.
The Images for music team.
Project created by
Gianmaria Sortino (Ragusa, 1987), gratuated in film and tv direction at the Milano Cinema and Television School, works as 1st assistant director for international prized directors. As videomaker realizes documentaries, spots an booktrailers. This is his first important film as director. Pasquale D'Ascola (MIlano, 1952), director for theatre and radio, has been teaching acting and direction from 30 years in the Conservatory of Milan. He's author of dramas, screenplays, short tales and essays.
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