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Greek-French Academy Award Winner Desplat to Close Athens Open Air Film Festival

alexandre-desplatThis year’s Athens Open Air Film Festival will come to an end on Saturday, September 5, with a special screening at the Greek Film Archive.
Greek-French composer and Academy Award winner Alexandre Desplat, who performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus a few days ago, will attend the special screening of Wes Anderson’s 2009 film “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” in which Desplat composed the original score.
Due to the screening room’s limited capacity, tickets will only be available at the Greek Film Archive on Monday, August 31, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Desplat is a well-known contemporary film music composer. In 2015, he received his eighth Oscar nomination, while he won the award for his work on the score of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Desplat, born in Paris in 1961 to a French father and Greek mother, began playing the piano at the age of 5 and grew up listening to great French composers such as Ravel and Debussy, as well as jazz music. He was an avid cinephile from a young age and he studied next to great musicians.
Watch a Greek Reporter interview with Alexander Desplat talking about his Greek heritage:

His first work on a Hollywood film was in 2003, when he wrote the music for “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. His work was immediately recognized and Desplat was nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a European Film Award.
He has also composed music for “Syriana,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” “The Ides of March,” “Argo,” “Godzilla” and “The Imitation Game.” Overall, he has written music for more than 40 films and has won numerous awards.

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