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Nepal, Beyond the Clouds
Original Score


Composer: Cyrille Aufort
Label: MovieScore Media / Kronos Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 29 March 2019

MovieScore Media continues its exploration of documentary scores through the new soundtrack of French Emmy-winning composer Cyrille Aufort (A Royal Affair, Past Life, Knock). Directed by Eric Valli, Nepal, Beyond the Clouds takes viewers to the small kingdom in the middle of the Himalayas, where the real life tragedy of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal left 9000 people dead and 23000 injured. The film follows two young teenagers, Raj and Shiva in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated their country. Besides getting their share of the rebuilding process, the two young boys are forced to become men as they cope with their own individual losses so that the healing process could begin...

Cyrille Aufort's score for Nepal, Beyond the Clouds opens and closes with an incredibly strong and memorable theme, which also pops its head up in 'The Lark'. The rest of the score is engaging, made up of intricate.

Talking about the music, Aufort said: "Raj and Shiva's strength, pugnacity and innocence largely inspired the music for the film. The score, built on a set of 12 strings and 2 soloists (viola and cello) and mixed with synthetic colours, helps to reveal a natural world as beautiful as it is inhospitable and fabulous landscapes as harsh as the climate. For his part, director Eric Valli wanted the music to highlight the strength of men rebuilding their country with meager resources in the face of nature unleashed."

Given the movie's subject matter, it's not surprising that this is a beautiful, touching score. Aufort helps to make the movie stronger and more emotional through his music.


Darren Rea

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