From Costa Communications:
TWO OF THIS YEAR’S OSCAR NOMINATED FILMS
SCORED BY FRENCH COMPOSER BRUNO COULAIS
LOS ANGELES (February 23, 2010) – Academy Award-nominated French composer Bruno Coulais has the distinction this year of scoring two Oscar nominated animated films, the Cartoon Saloon film THE SECRET OF KELLS and the Focus Features hit CORALINE. Earlier this month Coulais won the Annie Award for his CORALINE score. The mostly hand-drawn Irish indie is the surprise underdog in this year’s Oscar race. THE SECRET OF KELLS will open March 5th in New York March 19th in Boston and April 2nd in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and other markets.
Bruno Coulais’s musical style varies significantly between different projects, but there are some constant factors visible such as his taste for opera, for human voice, for a search for original sonority, for world music and mixing different musical cultures. Kila, one of Ireland’s most popular bands, performs Coulais’s compositions for the film. Called “extraordinary” by U2’s Bono, Kila is rooted in traditional Irish music yet influenced strongly by global rhythms.
In THE SECRET OF KELLS, adventure, action and danger await 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. The book is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure and a masterwork of Western calligraphy. It contains the four Gospels of the New Testament transcribed by Celtic monks.
CORALINE, now available on DVD, follows an adventurous girl who finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home.
In spring 2010 two films that Coulais scored will be released. Disneynature’s OCEANS which will be released on Earth Day, April 22 offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea to explore the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. BABIES from Focus Features opens Mother’s Day weekend, May 7. The visually stunning new film simultaneously chronicles the lives of four of the world’s newest human inhabitants - in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo - from first breath to first steps, on a journey at once universal and amazingly original.
Coulais’s score to LES CHORISTES earned him an Academy Award-nomination, A BAFTA Award-nomination and won a Cesar Award. Other credits include CORALINE, LUCKY LUKE, VILLA AMALIA and LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR.