As a filmmaker, musician and composer, Kaveh Nabatian doesn’t want to choose between music and film. He’d rather combine both disciplines as far as possible. For instance in this multidisciplinary project, for which he cooperated with six other Canadian filmmakers and the British Callino String Quartet. It’s based on the commissioned composition The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (1787) by Joseph Haydn – a piece that is a special favourite around Easter and which grippingly expresses the state of the suffering Christ on the cross.

Each of the directors in this omnibus film provides their own very personal view of the themes in Haydn’s piece: forgiveness, redemption, abandonment and reunion. Nabatian himself made the intriguing introduction and the concluding 'earthquake', which frame the seven short films. These films are very varied in genre and style: fiction, documentary, experimental, magic realist and sometimes also soberly filmed – intimate and personal.

With live score by the Callino String Quartet on Thu 24 and Fri 25 Jan.

Original title
Les sept dernières paroles
Filmmaker
Kaveh Nabatian, Ariane Lorrain, Sophie Goyette, Juan Andrés Arango, Sophie Deraspe, Karl Lemieux, Caroline Monnet
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Canada
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
74’
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Catherine Chagnon
Production Company
Microclimat Films
Sales
Microclimat Films
Writer
Kaveh Nabatian, Ariane Lorrain, Sophie Goyette, Juan Andrés Arango, Sophie Deraspe, Karl Lemieux, Caroline Monnet
Cinematography
Nicolas Canniccioni, Éric Cinq-Mars, Sophie Deraspe, Léna Mill-Reuillard, Mathieu Laverdière, Ariane Lorrain, Duraid Munajim
Editor
Marc Boucrot
Production Design
Louisa Schabas
Music
Callino String Quartet
Cast
Clara Furey, Marielle Louis Genest, Axelle Munezero