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Yorgos Lanthimos dedicates silent cinema and music to Athens

2022-05-22T09:22:34.123Z

WE WERE THERE - On the stage of the National Opera of Greece, screening with choirs and orchestra of the latest short film Bleat, a silent and black and white film by Yorgos Lanthimos with Emma Stones and Damien Bonnard



The National Opera of Athens, one of the great temples of opera in the world, is not afraid to take original initiatives.

The latest, from the commission from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos for a thirty-minute short film.

Projected on the huge stage of the opera, this silent film, in black and white and accompanied by an orchestra and choirs, takes viewers back to the beginnings of silent cinema.

The show is part of the “

The Artist on the composer” project,

ie the commission from contemporary creators and filmmakers of works presented during classical music concerts.

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True to his reputation, the Greek director has crafted a very strong and very mysterious film.

This story of love (sometimes daring), death (sometimes violent), nature (often intoxicating) takes place on the Greek island of Tinos, in a small shack surrounded by goats, omnipresent in the film, hence its

Bleating

title

.

Musically, the whole is impeccable, and the film fits perfectly with the three chosen works by Toshio Hosokawa, Jean-Sébastien Bach and the Norwegian Knut Nystedt.

The musicians of the National Opera of Greece open the performance, followed by Angelina Tkatcheva at the Cymbalum, and finally by the choirs of the Hellenic Broadcasting Television who sing a rewriting by Knut Nystedt from Bach's chorale

Komm süsser Todt

.

The role of the young girl is played by the American Emma Stone, unrecognizable under the mask of tragedy.

Damien Bonnard his partner, is impressive presence and veracity.

Source: lefigaro

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