24 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

What if you lost the love of your life, then years later discovered his or her doppelgänger: a complete stranger? Director Arie Posin made a film by taking that premise from a childhood incident, shrewdly casting veterans Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams, and invoking the sensibilities of both Sirk and Hitchcock. Then he entrusted the musical score to Brazilian-born composer Marcelo Zarvos (Ray Donovan, The Big C, Brooklyn’s Finest). The director “wanted a timeless feel to the score,” Zarvos notes. “We used an orchestra with very strong thematic material that would hit the emotional, romantic, and suspenseful elements of the story. The goal of the music was to keep us guessing to the very end what was real or imaginary.” That inspired Zarvos toward elegantly spare, often modernistic piano and orchestra cues that recall not so much the fabled Herrmann/Hitchcock axis as they do the collaborations of DePalma and Donaggio; they're cast in a cool, haunting musical melancholy that's distinctly Zarvos’ own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

What if you lost the love of your life, then years later discovered his or her doppelgänger: a complete stranger? Director Arie Posin made a film by taking that premise from a childhood incident, shrewdly casting veterans Annette Bening, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams, and invoking the sensibilities of both Sirk and Hitchcock. Then he entrusted the musical score to Brazilian-born composer Marcelo Zarvos (Ray Donovan, The Big C, Brooklyn’s Finest). The director “wanted a timeless feel to the score,” Zarvos notes. “We used an orchestra with very strong thematic material that would hit the emotional, romantic, and suspenseful elements of the story. The goal of the music was to keep us guessing to the very end what was real or imaginary.” That inspired Zarvos toward elegantly spare, often modernistic piano and orchestra cues that recall not so much the fabled Herrmann/Hitchcock axis as they do the collaborations of DePalma and Donaggio; they're cast in a cool, haunting musical melancholy that's distinctly Zarvos’ own.

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About Marcelo Zarvos

A veteran composer with many high-profile film scores to his credit, Brazilian pianist Marcelo Zarvos was born in São Paulo, Brazil. Initially studying classical music in his teens, Zarvos attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and later became active in the jazz world, releasing a highly touted collaboration with saxophonist Peter Epstein called Dualism. His creative endeavors also expanded to include rock, electronic, and world music, a versatility that he would eventually parlay into a highly successful career composing film music. Beginning with the 2001 film Kissing Jessica Stein, Zarvos' profile rose as a go-to composer in Hollywood, Europe, and the New York independent film scene. Some of his many credits include Strangers with Candy (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), The Air I Breathe (2007), Brooklyn's Finest (2009), and the HBO biopic Phil Spector (2013). He also began working on television, composing the scores for two different Showtime series: The Affair and Ray Donovan. He has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award, for You Don't Know Jack and Taking Chance. ~ Timothy Monger

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