24 October, 2010

EFA Honours Gabriel Yared

The famed composer is set to receive the European Film Academy’s EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA AWARD 2010.

A self-taught musician, Gabriel Yared started his career composing, orchestrating and producing songs for a variety of popular French, Italian and Brazilian performers such as Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Halliday, Mina and Françoise Hardy as well as composing a lot of ballet music, jingles and signature melodies for television, radio, and commercials.

He wrote his first film score in 1980 for Jean-Luc Godard's Sauve qui peut la vie (Every Man for Himself) and since then the majority of his career has been essentially dedicated to music for the cinema: He wrote the score for 37.2 le matin (Betty Blue (1986)) by Jean-Jacques Beineix, Camille Claudel (1988) by Bruno Nuytten,Vincent et Théo (1990) by Robert Altman, and L'Amant (The Lover, 1991) by Jean-Jacques Annaud, for which he received a French César. Yared collaborated with Anthony Minghella for The English Patient (1996), for which he received virtually every award there is, among them an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Grammy, The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), and for Cold Mountain (2003). In 2006, he was nominated for the European Film Awards for Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. His impressive body of work includes the music for City Of Angels (1998) by Brad Silberling, Message in a Bottle (1999) by Luis Mandoki, Azur et Asmar (2006) by Michel Ocelot, Adam Ressurected (2008) by Paul Schrader, Amelia by Mira Nair and Coco et Igor by Jan Kounen (both 2009).

In recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film the European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Gabriel Yared with the award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2010.

Gabriel Yared will be a guest of honour at the 23rd European Film Awards Ceremony on 4 December 2010 in Tallinn.

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