During our recent webcam chat (watch above), composer Abel Korzeniowski describes his score for “Nocturnal Animals” as “incredibly complex,” given its, “two complementary plots on two extremes.” This Focus Features release stars Amy Adams as an art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) new novel, a violent thriller about a man’s (Gyllenhaal) desperate search for his wife and daughter’s killer. While reading the book, she comes to terms with events from her past that led to the breakup of their marriage.
Blending the two narratives gave the Polish tunesmith the opportunity to, “switch genres within music.” Yet he also defies expectations with his work. Adams’ storyline is scored “like a thriller, as if this were a Hitchcock movie,” whereas the story within the story is played, “emotionally. It’s like an internal story. We never tried to enhance its aggressive character.” In general, he adds, “the score is only used whenever it is absolutely necessary to give us more information.”
This is the second collaboration between the composer and director Tom Ford, following his Golden Globe nominated work on “A Single Man” (2009). While writing his score in London, where the filmmaker is based, “Tom was coming over almost every other day to discuss the direction, so it was really, really different than any other film.”
Korzeniowski received his second Globe nod for Madonna‘s “W.E.” (2011) and has competed three times at the Emmys for “Penny Dreadful” (Main Title Theme in 2015, Score in 2015 and 2016). Will his first Oscar nom be next? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Nocturnal Animals.”
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