That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt
2019, Paul Hegeman, Netherlands, 75 min.
- Fri, Oct 18th 2:15pm
- Sun, Oct 20th 2:00pm
“Lovely…listening to the film’s gorgeous renderings will make you a believer.”—Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
“More of a snapshot than a portrait, but one that serves to remind us of what a treasure we have in this wonderful man and his astonishing music.”—Bondo Wyszpolski, Easy Reader
Whether the lush, timeless, contemplative music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is your longtime obsession or a new discovery, this musical portrait is guaranteed to satisfy. Known for albums including Tabula Rasa, Arbos, and Miserere, Pärt’s neo-classical instrumental compositions and choral works have been described by critics as “ethereal,” “sublime,” and “spiritual.” Dutch music-documentary director Hegeman (LIVE TO BE A HUNDRED) wisely eschews the standard bio-doc format to set his film almost exclusively within the confines of various concert halls. Among the exquisite performances of Pärt’s work captured, from northern Europe to Zaire, an intense but mild-mannered Pärt himself rehearses the Cello Octet Amsterdam. Interviews include Tonu Kaljuste, Candida Thompson, and Daniel Reuss. In English, Dutch, German, and French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)