NAEDELEI – Dan Heflin

NaedeleiOriginal Review by Alan Rogers

Naedelei is a 30-minute drama, written and directed by Dan Heflin, inspired by the German tale of Lorelei, a Siren maiden of the River Rhine who, after being betrayed by her lover, lures unsuspecting men to a watery grave. Transferred to small-town America where there are legends of men being lured to their death by the ghostly figure of Naedelei (Kristin Hunter), the film centres on Ronnie (Doug Noe) who has recently arrived in town for his nephew’s wedding. It’s not long before Ronnie starts having strange dreams that are inhabited by Naedelei and he soon realises that his nephew is in danger from the Siren of the legend. [Read more…]

IFMCA Radio broadcast – Best New Music and Soundtrack Releases of 2013

Building on the success of the first IFMCA Radio broadcast, the International Film Music Critics Association is proud to announce the second in its annual IFMCA Radio broadcasts, celebrating the music nominated for the 2013 IFMCA Awards, and featuring selections by several members which represent, in their opinion, some of the best individual film, TV and video game cues from the preceding 12 months.

Please take a listen to the show at the IFMCA website.

IFMCA Radio logoThe selections in this special 2-hour programme includes music from AFRICA (Sarah Class), THE BOOK THIEF (John Williams), BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Henry Mancini), COPPERHEAD (Laurent Eyquem), ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (Abel Korzeniowski), EVIL DEAD (Roque Baños), FROZEN (Christophe Beck), GAME OF THRONES (Ramin Djawadi), GRAND PIANO (Víctor Reyes), GRAVITY (Steven Price), THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (Howard Shore), INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED (Carlo Siliotto), IRON MAN 3 (Brian Tyler), LETHAL WEAPON 4 (Michael Kamen), PASSION (Pino Donaggio), PLANES (Mark Mancina), PUPPETEER (Patrick Doyle), QB VII (Jerry Goldsmith), REMEMBER ME (Olivier Deriviere), ROMEO AND JULIET (Abel Korzeniowski), THE SALAMANDER (Jerry Goldsmith), THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (Theodore Shapiro), STALINGRAD (Angelo Badalamenti), STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (Michael Giacchino), SUMMER IN FEBRUARY (Benjamin Wallfisch), and THE WIND RISES (Joe Hisaishi). [Read more…]

The 2013 IFMCA Award winners are…

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FEBRUARY 20, 2014 — The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of winners for excellence in musical scoring in 2013. This year’s awards have a real international flavor, with the top awards going to composers primarily from Poland and Spain, but also from France, Japan and Argentina.

The award for Score of the Year goes to Polish composer ABEL KORZENIOWSKI for his beautiful score for director Carlo Carlei’s new cinematic version of the classic Shakespeare story of tragically doomed love, ROMEO AND JULIET. [Read more…]

IFMCA Award Nominations 2013 have been announced


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FEBRUARY 6, 2014 – The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announces its list of nominees for excellence in musical scoring in 2013. In this 10th Anniversary year of the IFMCA’s creation, the most nominated composer is ABEL KORZENIOWSKI, who received six nominations: Score of the Year, Best Drama Score and Film Music Composition of the Year for his work on director Carlo Carlei’s new screen version of the classic Shakespeare romance ROMEO AND JULIET; Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Score and Film Music Composition of the Year for his work on director Randy Moore’s unusual satirical fantasy-horror set in a nightmarish Disney theme park, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW; and a personal nomination as Composer of the Year. Kraków, Poland-born Korzeniowski has previously been nominated for three IFMCA Awards, winning the award for Best Drama Score for A SINGLE MAN in 2009. [Read more…]

2013 Reel Music Awards – The Winners

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The waiting is over! Reel Music announces the results of its first set of award winners. Gathered together from over 350 soundtracks, the winners from the various categories represent examples of music from film, TV and other media that I have found to be particularly noteworthy in 2013. They are not necessarily “the best” – however that may be defined – but something in each of the winning scores has marked them out from the rest. Choices were made from a mix of emotional impact, use of innovative music and overall listening enjoyment.


  • Grand Piano (Victor Reyes)Grand Piano
  • Evil Dead (Roque Baños)
  • Isabel (Season 2) (Federico Jusid)
  • Remember Me (Olivier Derivière)
  • Stalingrad (Angelo Badalamenti)

The 2013 score that stands out most for me is Victor Reyes’ Grand Piano. One of the film’s main protagonists is a concert pianist and how the Reyes melds a newly-composed “classical” piece for the pianist to play during a concert with the score that accompanies the on-screen action is astonishing. The join is seamless. The score works equally well as concert piece and soundtrack.
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