Hungary: Arvo Pärt film evenings – “The Lost Paradise”
Budapest Music Centre
Budapest, Mátyás Street 8
6 June 18:00
The Estonian Institute in Hungary, in co-operation with Budapest Music Centre, started a film club in 2015, which brings a selection of films featuring Arvo Pärt’s music to Hungarian music and film enthusiasts.
Director Günter Atteln’s film “The Lost Paradise” will be shown at the next screening of the series.
The year 2015 saw the celebration of Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday. The works of the world-famous composer hailing from Estonia cannot only be heard on albums and in concert halls, but often also in cinema, as his music has inspired several film directors like Jean-Luc Godard, Tom Tykwer and Bernardo Bertolucci.
The series of film evenings organised by Estonian Institute, inspired by the events held by Arvo Pärt Centre for five years already, present feature films and documentaries that use Arvo Pärt’s music. The films are screened in the library of Budapest Music Centre in the original language with Hungarian subtitles.
“The Lost Paradise”
Director: Günter Atteln
2015, Estonia-Germany, 55 minutes
Arvo Pärt is the most performed contemporary composer in the world. And yet he rarely ventures out in public, prefers to keep quiet about his music, feels at home in the forests of Estonia and generates therewith—perhaps involuntarily—the impression of a recluse, which is attributed to him again and again. In “The Lost Paradise”, Günter Atteln followed him over a period of one year in his native Estonia, to Japan and the Vatican. The documentary is framed by the stage production of Adam’s Passion, a music theatre piece based on the biblical story of the fall of Adam featuring three key works by Arvo Pärt. Robert Wilson brought this work to the stage in a former submarine factory in Tallinn. Tracing their creative process, the film offers rare and personal insights into the worlds of two of the most fascinating personalities in the international arts and music scene.
The film’s soundtrack features Arvo Pärt’s works “Sequentia”, “Adam’s Lament”, “Miserere”, “Für Alina” and “Spiegel im Spiegel”.
The screening is followed by a discussion led by playwright, writer, journalist and screenwriter László Kolozsi.