The Film premiered in Cannes Film Festival this week; here’s a review:
“The film also benefits from the music of Stuart A. Staples, the frontman of British band Tindersticks who wrote the soundtracks for Claire Denis’ recent films, including her latest Cannes entry Bright Sunshine In.”
” He signed the music of Sans adieu (see page IV), a documentary by Christophe Agou presented at the Acid. The two men were friends, the filmmaker died a few months after finishing his film on Auvergne breeders. “It would have been redundant to describe the characters, already strong and hard. The music of Sans adieu is a suspended arch, a sound deconstructed from one end of the film to the other. I created rest with my own characters: a harmonium, an electric guitar and an electric piano. “ ” (translated from french original version in the article)
and here’s an interview about this & other film released questions:
” About SANS ADIEU, this is a very different project for you because it is a documentary; What does that change for you?
SS : I did not really talk about it as a documentary. For this film, the characters were so raw and strong that the music had to avoid them. But at the same time, the film needed to be a little helped. As a spectator, I felt that I needed some help to get transported into the film. And that was the starting point. I had this idea of a kind of deconstructed song: it is as if the soundtrack was a song of 3min but spread out over 1h30 so stretched in length, with instruments that play together and which are sometimes separated, which n Do not always occupy the same rhythmic place. But there really is this idea of song with key changes that go through the film. And at the end of the film, the song is complete.
What was the intention for instrumentation?
SS : The idea was really to build a line, a current to direct us into the film, without highlighting such and such a sad passage for example. We had to be very careful to find something organic that was an integral part of the landscape without troubling the character. And what is interesting is the choice of the use of electric guitars. Our ears are so used to electric guitars that they are accepted regardless of the shape they take. With popular music, our ears are used to the electric guitar so when heard, it is not like with the violin that causes a certain sadness instantly, it is just accepted as such as a versatile, adaptable sound. It’s very rare. C ‘ Is particular and powerful. It’s like a silence that says a lot and that’s why I chose it as the main instrument for the film because I do not think that another instrument allows this. If we played the same thing on the piano, it would instantly be more poignant or impacting. The piano is more emotional, whereas with guitar, there is something that transports us differently, that is why it has become the main instrument.
And the flute?
SS : Apart from my guitar, there’s David Boulter on the harmonium, Dan playing the electric piano, and once we set the base, Joe Fraser, a flutist with whom we work quite hard, a very good musician, Was invited. We tried to get her into this universe. This is not an easy place to take. It was difficult because you could not be too sad or lyrical, you just had to follow the breath. ”
(translated from french original, see below for full link)
Production Company: Les Enragés
Director-cinematographer: Christophe Agou
Producers: Aurélie Bordier and Pierre Vinour
Editor: Virgine Danglades
Music: Stuart A. Staples
Venue: Cannes Film Festival (ACID)
Sales: Les Enragés
Stuart Staples will be composing the O.S.T. on the forthcoming (if realized) Christophe Agou documentary “Sans Adieu” – here’s the project crowdfunding/project page in french:
“Montage-son, mixage, étalonnage, conformation aux normes, master et copies de projections DCP, master et copies vidéos…
À cela il faut rajouter la musique que compose actuellement Stuart Staples du groupe anglais Tindersticks, connu notamment pour avoir composé la plupart des musiques de films de Claire Denis. Ils sont en tournée mondiale depuis le début de l’année 2016.”
“To this we must add the music is currently composed by Stuart Staples of the British group Tindersticks, known for having composed most of the music for films by Claire Denis.”
source: Website screenshot