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Danish film with music by Bent Sørensen entered for a Danish Oscar nomination

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Danish film with music by Bent Sørensen entered for a Danish Oscar nomination

The film Dronningen (Queen of Hearts), which has just been entered as Denmark’s candidate for an Oscar nomination, uses an extract from Bent Sørensen’s Requiem, recorded by the vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen.

People
04 October 2019

The Danish Oscar Committee has just announced that Dronningen (Queen of Hearts), with Trine Dyrholm in the leading role, has been entered as Denmark’s candidate for an Oscar nomination in the Best International Feature Film category. In January it will become clear if the film is in the run-up for the statuettes when the Oscar Academy announces the short list of nominations.

The film, which has been directed by May el-Toukhy, deals with the a successful lawyer, Anne, who begins an affair with her 17-year-old step-son.

Danish music in the Oscar run-up

The film makes use of music from Bent Sørensen’s Requiem, an extract from the Lacrimosa movement. This work features on an album recorded by the vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen. On it, the conductor Paul Hillier has juxtaposed the Renaissance maestro composer Johannes Ockeghem’s (c. 1410-97) Requiem Mass with Requiem movements by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen (b. 1958) in a combined sequence that has a timeless quality.

Lacrimosa was chosen for the film because of its beauty and strident dissonances, which help intensify the complex, cool nature of Anne (Trine Dyrholm). Lacrimosa can be heard in two different scenes that take place at Anne’s, where she is working or reading with music in the background.

The Oscar awards will be made on Sunday, 9 February 2020.

The music that is used in the film is an excerpt from the ‘Lacrimosa’ movement from Bent Sørensen’s Requiem.
  • Bent Sørensen, Johannes Ockeghem

    Requiem