Fred Ballinger and Mick Boyle, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a famous composer and conductor, is now retired. His friend Mick, a movie director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. Throughout Paolo Sorrentino’s film, Fred is asked to conduct a performance of his most famous work ‘Simple Song # 3’. It’s a deeply personal work that the audience hears in full only at the end of the film, when it’s performed by celebrated soprano Sumi Jo. To come up with a song that would have such a powerful effect, Paolo Sorrentino turned to composer David Lang, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Music for choral work “The Little Match Girl Passion.”
The screening will be followed by a conference with David Lang and Paul Hillier in studio 1.
In the context of
Flagey Choir Days
a vocal journey with David Lang & Lionel Meunier