Exhaling Music | Digging Deeper
Documentary (Video On Demand)
Exhaling Music tells of Beppe's intense and life-threatening breach with religion when he was 17.
His childhood religion could never follow him into adulthood. Award-winning documentary featuring composer Flint Juventino Beppe.
Surrounded by secrecy, the Rognan-composer Flint Juventino Beppe, 36, has captured the heart and minds of the international music scene. The self-taught composer is on first name terms with stars such as Sir James Galway and Vladimir Ashkenazy. "I never compose music", Beppe says, "the tones just float around inside my head. When they get too loud, I have to breathe them out." This film is a story about a personal war, and about finally recapturing the love for music and life.
Trond Eliassen, 2009, Documentary, 56 min. Produced by News on Request AS.
Running time: 57 minutes. Cinema release: 2010. VOD release: 2015.
— Being a somewhat withdrawn person, this kind of attention is not daily fare for me. However, I felt very well taken care of by the production company, and it was a strong experience to be part of this adventure. I hope that this story might bring about some entertaining and good moments.
Flint Juventino Beppe
From the movie Exhaling Music. Vladimir Ashkenazy and Flint Juventino Beppe. Flint Juventino Beppe and director Trond Eliassen.
Photo: News on Request AS.
— Exhaling music is an award-winning documentary featuring Flint Juventino Beppe who has captured the heart and minds of the international music scene. This 56 minute documentary made in 2009, in Norwegian and English with English subtitles, was produced by News on Request AS and directed by Trond Eliassen. It features such internationally renowned artists as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Emily Beynon and James Galway and charts Beppe's career from the first piano solos that he sent to Ashkenazy through to the rehearsals with the great conductor.
There are many insights into the composer and his connection with nature. 'I never compose music', Beppe says, 'the tones just float around inside my head. When they get too loud, I have to breathe them out.' This insightful, often compelling film tells of Beppe's traumatic loss of Christian faith at the age of seventeen and his fight to express himself, which he achieved through music. His breakthrough came with Flute Mystery, the subject of the recording sessions featured on this film. Emily Beynon talks of her enjoyment working with the composer and the Chairman of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Alistair McKay, speaks of Beppe's unique voice. Ashkenazy talks of the development of Beppe's music from the early works that he received from the composer and of the honesty of his music.
This documentary also reveals some of the creative process between Ashkenazy and Beppe during recording sessions and the stresses of recording, particularly when Ashkenazy falls sick and the composer, who has never conducted an orchestra before, successfully takes over.
Above all it is Flint Juventino Beppe's innate modesty and sheer natural musicianship that shines through.
The Classical Reviewer
Awards & Nominations
European Film Festival, 2010, Official selection
Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway
The Tromsø Palm 2010, Winner
Gullruten 2011 (Golden Frame 2011), Nominated
DocUtah International Film Festival, US, Raven Statuette 2010, Winner
Park City Film Music Festival, US, Silver Medal of Excellence 2010, Winner
Mexico International Film Festival, Silver Palm 2010, Winner
Northern Character Film Festival, Russia, 1st price diploma 2010, Winner
International Filmmaker Festival, UK, Nominated Best Soundtrack 2010, Official selection
DocMiami Intl. Film Festival, US, 2010, Official selection
Polar Film Festival, Finland, 2010, Official selection
Dawson City Intl. Short Film Festival, Canada, 2010, Official selection
«Gullruten» (the Norwegian equivalent to the Emmy's) is a yearly award show that celebrates the Norwegian TV industry. The award was founded by the Norwegian Film and TV producers' association in 1998. The nomination and jury selection is governed by the «Gullruten» committee consisting of members from the Norwegian film and TV producers' association and the Norwegian TV channels TV2, TVNorge, TV3 and NRK.
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