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Binding together a foundational myth with musical creation, German “new New Wave” figurehead Angela Schanelec (I Was Home But..., The Dreamed Path) returns with Music: a serene, enigmatic and deeply emotional loose-reimagining of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Abandoned and rescued at birth in the Greek wilderness, Jon (Aliocha Schneider) grows up without knowing his parents. Sent to prison after a deadly accident on a vacation, Jon falls in love with Iro (Agathe Bonitzer), one of the wardens. Despite not ageing a day as years go by, Jon’s eyesight begins to fail while he discovers music. From then on, for every loss he suffers, he gains something in return.

“The celebration of a vision Schanelec has meticulously honed over the past three decades, like a late sonata by a composer who has fully come into their voice”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Enigmatic in form and uncompromising in intent, a formally impressive film”


“A scintillating example of film’s uncanny ability to transcend itself, to operate on planes above, below and in between the images and soundscapes of which it is composed”


Why You Should See This Film

Before going in, we strongly recommend familiarising yourself a little on the basics of the Oedipus Rex story – a child abandoned at birth unknowingly kills his father, becomes king and marries his mother, she commits suicide upon realising what has happened and he blinds himself. Angela Schanelec’s narrative sparseness, languid pacing and Bressonian performances can be challenging to get into but enormously rewarding for the magical affects that simmer under and permeate her meticulously precise, near-silent, beautiful tableaus. Music is a difficult film to crack, but thats half the fun, the other half is best spent surrendering to its secretive sublimity.

Angela Schanelec
Aliocha Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Marissa Triantafyllidou, Argyris Xafis
108 minutes
Greek with English subtitles, English

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