THE BREADWINNER - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Academy Award®-winning composer Mychael Danna & Emmy nominated composer Jeff Danna
Available November 17, 2017
Sony Classical proudly announces the release of THE BREADWINNER (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer Mychael Danna and Emmy nominated composer Jeff Danna. The soundtrack will available digitally and on CD November 17. The film will also be released in the U.S. on November 17th.
ABOUT THE BREADWINNER: The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all.
From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner, based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel, is directed by Nora Twomey. The screenplay is written by Anita Doron and Angelina Jolie is among the film's executive producers.
"The Breadwinner was one of the only experiences in my professional career where I've had that feeling that I needed to do this project." says Director Nora Twomey.
ABOUT THE COMPOSERS: MYCHAEL DANNA is an Academy Award®-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Danna received the 2013 Golden Globe® and 2013 Oscar® for scoring Ang Lee's Life of Pi, following his collaborations with Lee on The Ice Storm in 1997 and Ride with the Devil, in 1999. His other celebrated collaborations include those with Bennett Miller on his multiple Oscar®-nominee Moneyball, in 2011 and his Oscar®-winning drama Capote, in 2005; with Terry Gilliam on his Oscar®-nominated The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in 2009 and Tideland, in 2005; with Mira Nair on Vanity Fair, in 2004, Monsoon Wedding, in 2001 and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, in 1996; and with Billy Ray on Breach, in 2007 and Shattered Glass, in 2003.Danna's credits also include the 2006 Oscar®-winning Little Miss Sunshine, for which he shared a Grammy® Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album; Marc Webb's acclaimed romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer in 2009; and James Mangold's 1999 Oscar®-winning film Girl, Interrupted.
Mychael also scored the Oscar®-nominated short preceding the film, Sanjay's Super Team.
For television Mychael won an Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) for World Without End.
Besides The Breadwinner, upcoming feature film for Mychael includes The Man Who Invented Christmas.
JEFF DANNA was born in Burlington, Ontario. A reluctant piano student at age eight, he found solace in the guitar at age eleven and began playing professionally at fifteen until a hand injury at age 21 curtailed his performance career. He subsequently began composing for films and moved to Los Angeles to continue working. Danna has created scores for a long and varied list of films.His credits include such diverse projects as the hit film adaptations of the video game/action franchises Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Silent Hill and Silent Hill 2; the Ryan Gosling-Anthony Hopkins legal drama Fracture; The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Tideland, both directed by Terry Gilliam; Lakeview Terrace, directed by Neil LaBute; a series of films for director Brett Morgen, including The Kid Stays in The Picture, Chicago 10, and, most recently, the Kurt Cobain biopic Montage of Heck; Closing the Ring for director Richard Attenborough; and the cult classic The Boondock Saints, among others. Additionally, his collaborative Orchestral Celtic albums with his brother, composer Mychael Danna, have enjoyed worldwide success and placed in the Top Ten on the Billboard chart in the United States.
In 2015, Mychael and Jeff Danna worked on the score for The Good Dinosaur and received an Annie® nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production. Mychael and Jeff also wrote the original score for the animated film Storks and for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk directed by Ang Lee which were both released in 2016.
For television, Mychael and Jeff Danna wrote the original music for the FX series Tyrant, which earned them both Emmy® nominations in the categories of Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2015. They were previously Emmy®-nominated for Camelot in 2011. Upcoming project includes the music for the Margaret Atwood dramatization of Alias Grace for Netflix.
"This idea of the two parallel stories was one of the first things we considered when we were conceptualizing the approach to the score. We chose to make the Story World a very heightened, colorful musical expression, compared to the more stark sound of the real world, said Jeff Danna.
"One of the things that is really important to us in any kind of filmic storytelling is to give musical respect to the culture that the story is springing from," said Mychael Danna. "So what that means for us is that it was very important to include Afghan musicians and Afghan instruments, and to educate ourselves in that world. We reached out to the Afghan National Institute of Music, which is this amazing school that was founded during a time when Taliban rule banned instrumental music. This school has the courage to not only teach music but teach music to young boys and girls. The director of the institute, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, put us in touch with Afghan musicians and a girls' choir there. We considered travelling to Kabul and recording in person, but the security situation became very dangerous this year, so we recorded the Afghan players remotely."