French Composer Marc Marder at Tribeca and Season of Cambodia

April 16, 2013 | By French Culture
Charles Lane's Sidewalk Stories

In the movies, much is said of actors and directors. Composers of original scores on the other hand are less often recognized, although music represents a significant part of the emotional weight of most films. Paris-based composer Marc Marder is one example of a musician who has remained quietly behind the scenes even while his work has set the tone for many recent films. Marder's compositions for features and documentaries can be heard in the soundtracks of several films showing in New York City the coming weeks, both at Tribeca Film Festival and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of their Season of Cambodia series.

Marder, who was originally born in New York, moved to Paris in 1978, first, as a double bass soloist for the Ensemble intercontemporain under the direction de Pierre Boulez, and has been living there ever since. In parallel to his soloist career, he started writing scores for concerts, theater and film. His 25-year long collaboration with Cambodian director Rithy Panh is celebrated this month through the screenings of Duch, Master of the Forges of HellThe Land of the Wandering SoulsS21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine and The Last Refuge, as part of the Season of Cambodia festival. Their new collaboration, L'image Manquante, was just selected in the Cannes 2013 Un Certain Regard section.  

Also celebrated this month is his collaboration with New York director Charles Lane's in Sidewalk Stories, shown this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. "The idea was to make a silent film about the homeless because these people don't have a voice," Marder said of his approach to the music for Sidewalk Stories, "It's the music in the film that acts as their voice." The film  - considered in France a "patrimony" film - was restored by Carlotta Films with the support of the CNC and will be screened in the restored version on Saturday, April 27th at 2:30PM and followed by a Q&A with Charles Lane, Marc Marder and Vincent Paul Boncour. Don't miss it!




Tribeca Film Festival
Sidewalk Stories directed by Charles Lane
School of Visual Arts, Theater 2 - Beatrice (SVA-02)
333 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

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Season of Cambodia
Season of Cambodia is also showcasing several films featuring the work of Marc Marder. These films include Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell (Screening on Sunday, April 21, 8.45PM includes intro and Q&A with director Rithy Panh), The Land of the Wandering Souls (Screening on Saturday, April 20, 7PM includes intro and Q&A with director Rithy Panh), S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (Screening on Sunday, April 21, 6PM includes intro and Q&A with director Rithy Panh) and The Last Refuge (Screening on Tuesday, April 23, 9:30pm).

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