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'Hostiles' composer - Max Richter chats with GOLDDERBY

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Entertainment Studios is making a last minute dash to the Oscar finish line with "Hostiles." Scott Cooper‘s western stars Christian Bale as a legendary Army captain in 1892 who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family through dangerous territory. Gold Derby recently spoke with star Rosamund Pike, film editor Tom Cross, and composer Max Richter about their work on the film.

"It's not your typical western," yet, "in common with some other westerns of a previous age… it offers amazing opportunities for music because of the amount of space in the film." Richter explains, "The landscape is a huge part of this film. It offers this sort of medium for the characters to find their story in, but it's all held in this extraordinary landscape, which can be populated also by music." The composer "ended up using kind of an abstract orchestral language, all based on resonating drones and various string textures." Richter chats via webcam.