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Intensely Soulful: Docu-Concert

Intensely Soulful: Docu-Concert

Frank Scheffer
Netherlands
2023
100 min
World Premiere
IDFA on Stage
Synopsis

NTR Avond van de Wolf presents:

Music and the artists that create it are recurring themes in the work of filmmaker Frank Scheffer. He has created a unique 90-minute docu-concert for IDFA on Stage, in which excerpts from his latest feature-length documentary (working title: Intensely Soulful) are weaved together with live music by the musicians featured in the film.

Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and mezzosoprano and composer Dima Orsho were both born in the ancient city of Damascus, Syria and have been making music together since childhood. The eruption of war in Syria made it impossible for Azmeh to return, sparking his introspective journey into the power of art during times of conflict.

The film fragments, interspersed with live solo performances by Azmeh and Orsho, form an emotional and artistic tribute illustrating the artists’ dedication to telling their own stories and reshaping the narrative of contemporary Syria. The captivating portrayal serves as an ode to cherished memories and enduring love despite the wounds inflicted by wars and conflicts.

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Credits
100 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English, Arabic
Director
    Frank Scheffer
    Frank Scheffer
Production
    Niek Koppen for Selfmade Films,
    Jan de Ruiter for Selfmade Films,
    Jia Zhao for Muyi Film
    Niek Koppen for Selfmade Films,
    Jan de Ruiter for Selfmade Films,
    Jia Zhao for Muyi Film
Key collaborator
    Kinan Azmeh
    Kinan Azmeh
Cinematography
    Benito Strangio,
    Talal Khoury,
    Melle van Essen
    Benito Strangio,
    Talal Khoury,
    Melle van Essen
Editing
    Ruben van der Hammen
    Ruben van der Hammen
Sound
    Fokke van Saane,
    Chris Everts,
    Rik Meijer,
    Rayan Al-Obeidyine
    Fokke van Saane,
    Chris Everts,
    Rik Meijer,
    Rayan Al-Obeidyine
Sound Design
    Mark Glynne
    Mark Glynne
Music
    Kinan Azmeh,
    Dima Orsho,
    Basilius Alawad
    Kinan Azmeh,
    Dima Orsho,
    Basilius Alawad
Screenplay
    Lies Janssen,
    Frank Scheffer
    Lies Janssen,
    Frank Scheffer
Involved TV Channel
    NTR
    NTR
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Mokum Filmdistributie
    Mokum Filmdistributie

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