On Saturday, October 21st @ 5:30PM, Film Close Ups hosts, Gregory Scharpen & Chris Michel speak with Canadian composer, Benoît Charest, ahead of the Cal Performances Cine-Concert of The Triplets of Belleville on October 21st & 22nd.
The charming animated French feature film The Triplets of Belleville swept the globe when it was released in movie theaters in 2003, raking up dozens of awards and nominations and attracting a cult following among film buffs.
Through music and images (and almost no dialogue), writer-director Sylvain Chomet tells a story of a caper involving American gangsters, Tour de France cyclists, and a trio of colorful vaudevillian sisters out to expose a crime ring.
Composer Benoît Charest leads his eight-piece orchestra in a live version of his Oscar-nominated score, evoking the streets of 1920s Paris and “Le Jazz Hot” and featuring fun live sound effects to accompany the film. “[A] bracing blend of silliness and sophistication…. It’s comic, touching and a visual knockout” (Rolling Stone).