Florencia Di Concilio

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Biography

Uruguayan born and Italian national, pianist and composer Florencia Di Concilio resides in Paris and has become an established figure in film music. Among several new film soundtracks, she signed the score for River Phoenix last film Dark Blood, posthumously completed and premiered in the Official Selection of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

An active composer of concert music, Florencia Di Concilio's piano concerto, commissioned and premiered by the Montevideo Philharmonic received raving reviews from the national press and was described as ”a memorable evening, in which Florencia Di Concilio’s extraordinary talent met the audience’s full recognition and standing ovation” (El Pais). The piano concerto received its USA premiere in March 2013.

Over the past few years Florencia Di Concilio has composed the original soundtrack for more than 20 award winning feature films and documentaries for cinema and television (ARTE, BBC, HBO, Sundance, Canal +, etc), working with a wide range of directors such as George Sluizer, Heddy Honigmann, Peter Wintonick, Angus MacQueen, Tanaz Eshaghian, Marc and Nick Francis, or Gonzalo Arijon, with whom she frequently collaborates. Her most recent scores include the music for the documentary Angry Inuk (directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril), which received the Audience Award at the 2016 edition of Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and won the People's Choice Award at Canada's Top Ten Film Festival in January 2017. Furthermore, Florencia Di Concilio signed the original soundtrack for Ava, a French feature film directed by Léa Mysius, which was premiered at the 2017 edition of La Semaine de la Critique at Cannes International Film Festival.

Florencia Di Concilio’s versatile film scoring work has received critical praise from the New York Times, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, the L.A. Times, and has been released by Universal Records. About her score for multi award winner film Stranded, Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times wrote, “In addition to doing the interviews, Stranded’s director had other ways of making his narrative especially effective, starting with utilizing the film’s delicate, otherworldly score by composer Florencia Di Concilio to add a disturbing air to the proceedings.” About Dark Blood, Variety writes, "Florencia Di Concilio's guitar-heavy score enhances the film's moods".

Comfortable in both instrumental and electronic composition and performance, Florencia Di Concilio frequently receives commissions from dance companies, soloists, music ensembles, and visual artists, such as Dutch artist Ilse Frech, Brazilian countertenor José Lemos, pianist Enrique Graf, guitarist Marco Sartor, the acclaimed CobosMika contemporary dance company in a piece premiered at the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, or celebrated French artist Camille Henrot in a piece commissioned by the French national museum Jeu de Paume.

Florencia Di Concilio holds piano, composition, and orchestration degrees from the New England conservatory in Boston, the College of Charleston, and the Conservatoire supérieur de Paris. As a classical pianist, Florencia has won top prizes at national and international competitions as well as extensively performing as a soloist and chamber musician. Florencia Di Concilio has recently been announced Composer in Residence of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Film

Why an outboard motor is lonely, 2017
Directed by Heddy Honigmann
NL

Ava, 2017
Directed by Léa Mysius
FR

Angry Inuk, 2016
Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
CA

Los Feliz, 2016
Directed by Edgar Honetschläger

AT

Becoming Zlatan
Directed by Fredrik und Magnus Gertten
S, NL, IT

Bikes vs. Cars, 2015
Directed by Fredrik Gertten
SWE

Chameleon, 2014
Directed by Ryan Mullins
CA

Battle for Rio, 2014
Directed by Gonzalo Arijon
FIN/ FR/ USA

The Love Hotel, 2014
Directed by Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda
UK/FR

The Man Who Made Angels Fly,  2013
Directed by Wiktoria Szymanska
UK/ PL/ FR

Ariel, 2013
Directed by Laura Bari
CA

The Road to Bethlehem, 2013
Directed by Leila Sansour
UK/ Palestine

Dark Blood, 2012
Directed by George Sluizer

NL/ USA
starring River Phoenix, Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis
Berlin International Film Festival Official Selection 2013

Memories of Fire, 2012 
Directed by Heddy Honigmann
NL

Dutch Masters, 2012
Directed by Heddy Honigmann
short
NL

Afghanistan, le prix de la vengeance, 2012
Directed by Alberto Marquardt
FR 

Black Out, 2012
Directed by Eva Weber
UK (BBC)

Carnets d'un grand détour, 2012
Directed by Cathérine Hébert
CA

Best of Enemies, 2012
Directed by Martina Hall
FR/ DE/ UK (Arte)

Citizen or Stranger, 2011
Directed by Jon Kalina 

CA/ FR (Arte)

Prochain Arrêt, 2011 
Directed by: Tanaz Eshaghian, Gonzalo Arijon, etc.
Arte
 
And Then One Day, 2011
Directed by Heddy Honigmann
NL 

Avec nos yeux, 2011 
Directed by Marion Aldighieri
FR (France 5)

Hostage in the Jungle, Ingrid Betancourt, 2010
Directed by Angus Macqueen
UK/ FR (BBC, Arte)

Love Crimes of Kabul, 2010 
Directed by Tanaz Eshaghian
USA (HBO)

Axolotl, 2010
Directed by Claudio Hughes
short
FR/ IT

Eyes Wide Open, 2009
Directed by Gonzalo Arijon
FR (Arte)

L'homme de chevet, 2009
Directed by Alain Monne
FR

Blood Relation, 2009
Directed by Noa Ben Hagai
IL

When China met Africa, 2009
Directed by Marc and Nick Francis
UK/ FR (Arte)

Living with the Dead, 2009
Directed by Alexa Schulz
short
DE/ USA

La Nueve ou les oubliés de la victoire, 2009
Directed by Alberto Marquardt
FR (France 3)

PilgrIMAGE, 2008
Directed by Peter Wintonick
CA

Maria y el Nuevo Mundo, 2008
Directed by George Walker
VE/ FR

Stranded, 2007
Directed by Gonzalo Arijon
FR/ USA/ DE
Joris Ivens award, Abu Dhabi Grand Prize, Sundance official selection,, a.o.

Lula, la gestion de l'espoir, 2007
Directed by Gonzalo Arijon
FR (Arte)
 
Mensonges, 2006
Directed by Juan Pittaluga
FR (Canal+)  

Les grands duels du sport, 2004-2006
various directors, Arte TV series

La comptesse aux pieds froids, 2004
Directed by Yoann de Montgrand
short
FR

   

FILMSCORE

AVA

Director: Léa Mysius
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
 


Ava is spending her summer on a beach when she finds out that she’s going to gradually lose her sight. In order to make her destiny more endurable, her mother Maud decides to make her live an unforgettable month of holidays. Ava, on her side, prefers to face it her own way, by firstly stealing a big black dog on the beach.

Ava marks the directorial debut for Léa Mysius, who last teamed with Arnaud Desplechin on the script of Ismael’s Ghosts. Ava premiered at this year's edition of La Semaine de la Critique at Cannes International Film Festival.

German Premiere: 26 June 2017, Filmfest München
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"Florencia Di Concilio's eerie score is another treat" (Hollywood Reporter)

"hazy & hypnotic, with the tension pulled taut by Florencia Di Concilio’s intimidating string score" (Flickfeast)

"a highly colourful original soundtrack", "music that warms the senses..." (Les Inrocks)

"Ava's music acts as the guiding thread, and who else but a woman composer could better translate into music the anguish and desires of a young girl?" (Cinematraque) 

FILMSCORE

ANGRY INUK

Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
 


Seal hunting is integral to Inuit culture. Embedded in their millenary tradition, this activity is not only important for food supplies and material necessities; it also plays a central role in social life and identity. Monetary income is indispensable for survival in the contemporary world and as such, profits from sealskin sales have become essential for many Inuit families, serving as a sustainable means of participating in the global economy. However, intense anti-sealing activism undertaken by high profile NGOs and celebrities since the 1960s have promoted an indiscriminately negative image of this industry. As a result, consequent bans on seal-skin products implemented by the EU caused the seal-skin market to collapse, which had devastating effects on Inuit communities. By portraying the quiet anger of Inuit hunters and artisans, as well as the engagement of younger generations, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril raises her voice through filmmaking and social media to confront the preconceptions around Inuit sealing that are affecting her people’s very subsistence and to gain back their place in the global economy.

Angry Inuk was premiered at the 2016 edition of the Canadian Documentary Festival Hot Docs and received the Audience Award. In January 2017, the documentary won the People's Choice Award at Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.

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FILMSCORE

BECOMING ZLATAN

Director: Fredrik Gertten, Magnus Gertten
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
 


The decisive years of Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, told through rare archival footage where a young Zlatan speaks openly about his life and challenges. The film closely follows Zlatan, from his debut in Malmö FF in 1999, through his conflictual years with Ajax Amsterdam, up to the final breakthrough with Juventus in 2005. Becoming Zlatan is a coming-of-age film, depicting the complicated journey of this young, talented and troubled player who finally becomes a superstar in the international football world.

Becoming Zlatan was nominated for the European Film Award 2016.

FILMSCORE

DARK BLOOD

Director: George Sluizer
Music: Florencia Di Concilio
 


Boy, a young widower with native American roots, lives in a desert in the USA contaminated by nuclear tests. In this desolate place, surrounded by katchina dolls which the indigenous population believes possess magical powers, he awaits the end of the world. His refuge is suddenly invaded by Harry and Buffy, a couple second honeymooning in an attempt to save their marriage. When their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Boy offers to help. But then, hoping to cross over into a better world with Buffy, he starts treating them like prisoners.

When Dark Blood’s leading actor River Phoenix died suddenly ten days before the end of the shoot in 1993, the film’s insurance company became the owner of the unfinished material. Years later, director George Sluizer managed to save his footage from being destroyed. In January 2012 he decided to finish the film by reading aloud off-screen the missing scenes from the screenplay. The resulting work is an existentialist latter-day Western which derives much of its evocative power from the presence of its leading man, who was himself teetering on the brink of death.

The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 to then see its first US-screening at the Miami International Film Festival.

Theatrical release in Germany: July 13, 2017

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