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Institut finlandaisParis – France
Feb 8, 2017 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Deux documentaires sur une des plus célèbres compositrices contemporaines : Kaija Saariaho

Alors que le festival Présences consacre la compositrice comme invitée d'honneur de son édition 2017, l'Institut finlandais projette deux documentaires exceptionnels pour découvrir ou redécouvir une des compositrices contemporaines les plus jouées à travers le monde.

Notes on Kaija Saariaho
Yle, 26 minutes, vost anglais

Acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is guest of honour of the 2017 edition of the prestigious Présences Festival organized by Radio France.

“Compositions are my children. They just grow up faster.”

Kaija Saariaho is the most internationally recognized Finnish modern composer. Her compositions are performed worldwide all the time. During the filming of this portrait Saariaho is in her early sixties, and she ponders upon her life on the couches of her Paris and Helsinki homes.

How did the sound sensitive and shy child grow up to be a successful composer? Notes on Saariaho shows us an honest and straight-forward woman, who needs light to compose and thinks listening to her own works is awkward.

We meet her family, which has always been a natural partner in her work. With her husband, the composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the work and marriage intertwine. They also collaborate with their grown-up children, Aleksi and Aliisa. The children are both working and studying elsewhere, but now they have all gathered to spend Christmas in Finland.


Kaija Saariaho: l'Amour de Loin
A documentary by Anne Grange & Serge Steyer

INA, Arte, YLE, AGAT Films / 2000, 52’ VOSTF

June 2000. The finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is about to participate to the premiere of her first opera, L'amour de loin, at the Salzburg Festival, on the stage of the Felsenreitschule. During two years of solitary work, she devoted all her time to the wring of the opera, in project since 1992. She is about to see the birth of this work dreamt for so long, together with her numerous artistic collaborators and her interpreters. Anne Grange and Serge Steyer have accompanied Kaija Saariaho in this human and artistic experience.

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