Mr. Gaga

Mr. GAGA is a documentary film about the world-known choreographer Ohad Naharin,  directed by Tomer Hayman.  My soundtrack appears in it alongside other pieces of music that was used in Naharin’s works.  Here are some examples from the original Mr. gaga soundtrack:

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Week 23

Week 23 is a unique documentary by Ohad Milstein. It’s the most minimalistic soundtrack I ever composed and created for the cinema.  A very clear theme, made by synths and samples. The film uses a lot of thoughtful voice-overs, and many shots of snowy landscapes (partly shot in Switzerland ). It is the ultimate foreground ambience for the moody music I made.  

 

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Moon in the 12th House

I had the rare privilege to work with the Israeli Camerata Jerusalem orchestra and its outstanding conductor, Shmuel Elbaz, who also teaches in our Sound and Music for Cinema program at the Sapir college. This is Dorit Hakim’s debut feature film about a pair of estranged Israeli sisters who reunite under difficult circumstances. This soundtrack is a combination of classical music and electronics.

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Shmuel Elbaz and the Israel Camerata Jerusalem with me on stage during a recording session for the “Moon in the 12th house” soundtrack. Picture by Ran Mendelson. 

 

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Princess

I’m pleased to announce the release of “Princess“. Tali Shalom Ezer’s debut feature. My work here presents a totally new approach to scoring. Lots of guitars and even a pop song written together with Elite Avner Marriott who also contributes the vocals.
The soundtrack is the Latest award winner of the “best music” category at the Haggiag competition in the Jerusalem Film Festival. The film also won for best female actor, cinematography and best film!
Here’s the theme song:

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Bethlehem

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I am very pleased to announce a new film I soundtracked, Yuval Adler’s debut feature, “Betlehem“. This is my most electronic soundtrack to date: harsh electronic noises blended with soft pads and orchestral arrangements. This soundtrack is somehow in contradiction with the tone and atmosphere of the film, which could be described as “Middle-Eastern with a raw touch”. “Bethlehem” tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant, bouncing back and forth between conflicting points of view.
Bethlehem is turning out be the Israeli film to watch in 2013: it is the winner of the Venice Days section in the Venice Film Festival, the winner at the Haifa film festival (best movie and best first actor) and the big winner in the Israel Academy Awards (the “Ofir” award), sweeping the best movie, best director, best leading actor, best script, best editing and best casting categories. Yeah!!

Here’s a Sample:

Director: Yuval Adler
Cast: Tsahi Halevi, Sahdi Marei, Haitham Omari
Produced by: Pie films

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Before The Revolution

The soundtrack of Dan Shadur’s debut documentary, “Before The Revolution”, is an eclectic work that combines war drums with mysterious electronic motives, and even some rock ballads too!!!
This 60-minute documentary tells the story of the prosperous and well-connected Israeli community in Tehran before the Islamic revolution of 1979. This is a unique soundtrack for me, because the music is “out front”, and not a background canvas as it is usually is.

Director: Dan Shadur
Produced by: Heymann Brothers films
editor: Nili feller

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Aya (Israel/France 2012)

Composing the music for the film “Aya”, was a unique work process. Although the movie is only 40 minutes long and contains only 2 music pieces, the formation of musical direction was an intense research. The credit to this experience goes to to the creators of the film, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis who redefined perfectionism for me.

The film is the story of Two strangers that meet at an airport unexpectedly. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the possibilities of the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong..
Aya is the winner at the Israel academy awards as the best short film for 2013.

Directors: Oded binnun & mihal Brezis
With: Sarah Adler, Ulrich Thomsen
Editing: Dov Steuer
Sound design: Gil Toren
Production: Pablo Mehler, Yael Abecassis, Hillel Roseman, Casis films

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A Film Unfinished (Germany/Israel 2010)

Yael Hersonski’s acclaimed, award-winning film is an extraordinary documentary which tells the story of a Nazi propaganda film shot – but never completed – in the Warsaw Ghetto on 1942. Hersonski’s film tracks down the actual events of that time and reconstructs the “reality” of the film from an original perspective. The Nazis’ footage remained silent, allowing for the creation of a new relationship between image and sound – made up of picturesque, surreal music performed by numerous artists and instruments.

Awards and nominations:

World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award, Sundance Film Festival
Nominated for Sundance Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary Cinema, Satellite Award (International Press Academy) For Best Documentary Motion Picture

Director: Yael Hersonski
Editing: Joel Alexis
Cinematography: Itay Ne’eman
Sound design: Aviv Aldema
Production: Belfilms
Official: http://www.afilmunfinished.com/

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And on the Third Day (Israel 2011)

First film directed by the much esteemed actor Moshe Ivgy. Three days in the lives of seven different characters, who are caught in a chain of events leading to a point of no return. While the synopsis recalls that of Year Zero, the soundtrack is utterly different and resembles much more that of Beaufort: electronic music with bits and pieces of electric guitars, which lends the film its hidden beat and undertone.

Image taken from "And in the third day".

Nominated for the 2010 Ophir Award for Best Music.

Director: Moshe Ivgy
Editing: Zohar Sela
Cinematography: Yoram Millo
Sound design: Alex Claude
Production: UCM

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Beaufort (Israel 2007)

A film by Joseph Cedar, recounting the story of the last remaining soldiers on the Beaufort outpost on the eve of the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon. Unlike the dramatic, sometimes bombastic soundtrack that accompanies most war films, Beaufort echoes with heavy, hypnotic electronic music that conveys the inherent claustrophobia of the place and circumstances. The soundtrack was composed, mixed and produced in Ishai’s studio to the sound of sirens and radio reports from the frontlines of the second Lebanon war, which took place at the same time the film was produced.

Awards and nominations:

Silver Bear for Best Director, 2007 International Berlin Film Festival
Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film
2007 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy) for Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction
Nominated for the 2007 Ophir Awards for Best Film, Best Music and additional categories

Direction: Joseph Cedar
Editing: Zohar Sela
Cinematography: Ofer Inov
Sound design: Alex Claude
Production: David Mandil, Chilik Michaeli & David Silber

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