Leonard Petersen

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Biography

Stylistic variety as well as an exceptional sense of dramaturgy are among the qualities of film composer Leonard Petersen, who was awarded with the German Film Music Award as well as the Franz-Grothe-Award already during his studies at the Babelsberg Film University. His work encompasses soundtracks for over twenty five productions, including the participatory film project Move On by Asger Leth (starring Mads Mikkelsen) for which Petersen composed additional music.

On the occasion of the premiere of The Bunker (directed by Nikias Chryssos) at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015, the Hollywood Reporter wrote: “Leonard Petersen’s ambient score perfectly complements the film’s rich soundscape“.

His most recent scores include the music for Blind & Ugly, directed by Tom Lass as well as the score for Nina Vukovic’s film Detour, for which he was nominated for the Award for Best Film Score at Kinofest Lünen. Both films had their festival premiere at Munich International Film Festival 2017.

Petersen studied music with a focus on cello at the Berlin University of the Arts and graduated in Film Music at the Film and Television University Konrad Wolf (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg where he studied with Karim Sebastian Elias. Petersen works as a freelance film composer in Berlin and has been teaching music production at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2010.

 

Film

Detour, 2017
Directed by Nina Vukovic
Feature film
Int. Premiere: Munich Intl. Film Festival 2017

Blind & Hässlich, 2016
Directed by Tom Lass
Feature film
Int. Premiere: Munich Intl. Film Festival 2017

Euphoryaa, 2016
Directed by Christian Klinger
Feature film

Wann endlich küsst du mich, 2016
Directed by Julia Ziesche
Feature film
Int. Premiere: 40th Montreal World Film Festival
D Premiere: Max-Ophüls-Preis 2017

Wir sind die Flut, 2016
Directed by Sebastian Hilger
Feature film
Int. Premiere: 21st Busan International Film Festival 2016
D Premiere: 66. Berlinale

After Spring Comes Fall, 2015
Directed by Daniel Carsenty
Feature film

Gewitterzellen, 2015
Directed by Jakob Schmid
RBB Movie

Der Bunker, 2015
Directed by Nikias Chryssos
Feature film
D Premiere: 65. Berlinale

Iwan und der Wolf, 2015
Directed by Anna Levinson
Pilot animation

Histeria, 2013
Directed by Katinka Narjes
Short film

Der Weihnachtskrieg, 2013
Directed by Oliver Dommenget
TV feature film

Am Anfang, 2013
Directed by Josephine Links
Documentary

Zelim’s Confession, 2013
Directed by Natalia Mikhaylova
Documentary

Über uns Elektrizität, 2012
Directed by Christian Johannes Koch
Short film
Int. Premiere: Festival Premiers Plans, Angers, Frankreich
International Film Festival San Sebastian

FILMSCORE

BLIND & UGLY

Director: Tom Lass
Music: Leonard Petersen
Ferdi thinks he's ugly – but likes the fact Jona is interested in him. Maybe because she's blind. What Ferdi doesn't suspect: She's just pretending to be blind to be able to live cheaply in subsidized housing. How long can she maintain her charade? Can love, which is supposed to make you blind, even work out that way? Director Tom Lass takes a closer look, shooting with blind actors and old Berlin buddies, acting the lead himself – paying tribute to a way of life beyond our way of seeing the world.
 
World Premiere: Munich International Film Festival 2017

Theatrical Release Germany: September 21, 2017

FILMSCORE

DETOUR

Director: Nina Vukovic
Music: Leonard Petersen

Alma and Jan are having an affair and yet Jan does not want to admit it. In order to force him to recognize their relationship, Alma secretly takes Jan's small son, Juri on a trip. Accompanied by the delivery man Bruno, the two drive in the direction of Berlin. At a rest stop, he tries clumsily to get closer to Alma but she rebuffs him. In doing so, Alma unwittingly injures him in such a way that he drops all his inhibitions. Whereas Bruno until now was acting covertly in the hope of establishing contact, he now wants to take for himself what has been denied him.

World Premiere: Munich International Film Festival 2017
Nomination for the Award for Best Filmscore at Kinofest Lünen

FILM SCORE

THE BUNKER

Director: Nikias Chryssos
Music: Leonard Petersen

A young student seeks quiet and solitude to focus on an important work but ends up as the teacher of a peculiar boy who is home-schooled by his parents in an isolated bunker mansion. The Bunker is a dark, twisted, and funny tale about childhood, growing up and education. The film was premiered at Berlin International Film Festival 2015.