Dir: Manfred Eicher with Heinz Bütler.
91 mins // 1990
ECM founder Manfred Eicher directs with Heinz Bütler this adaptation of the story by Max Frisch. The film exposes the “associative and at the same time synesthetic layers” of its literary master “by means of editing techniques, cinematography and soundtracks”. In the “weather-beaten face” of Erland Josephsons (scenes from a marriage, sacrifice) “you may behold a reflection of the haunting and ancient landscape”.
Vijay Iyer, Prashant Bhargava
54 mins // 2014
Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi is a vivid multimedia collaboration by composer-pianist Vijay Iyer, (who played Triskel in 2010), and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava. In northern India, Bhargava filmed the ravishing images of an eight-day Holi festival held in the city of Mathura, mythic birthplace of Krishna. Iyer – who released his ECM debut, Mutations, earlier this year – then composed his score as the musical complement to Bhargava’s beautiful visual ballet, drawing at times on the rhythms and chants of the Holi festival; the result is one of Iyer’s warmest, most colourful creations to date.
Dir: Theo Angelopolous
128 mins // 1998
Featuring the music of Greek composer and ECM artist Eleni Karaindrou, and starring Bruno Ganz, the renowned masterpiece by Greek director Theo Angelopolous won the Palme d'Or and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. The score by Eleni Karaindrou was released on the ECM New Series label in 1998.