The Zurich International Film Festival will honor British composer Rachel Portman with a career achievement award at its 2022 edition.
Portman will receive the honor in Zurich on September 29, during the festival’s 10th annual international film music competition for which she will chair the competition jury.
Portman made history in 1996 when she became the first female composer to win an Academy Award for Best Original Score, receiving an Academy Award for her music in the Douglas McGrath television series of the same period. Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. She also received an Oscar nomination for best original score for her work on Lasse Hallström’s . Cider house rules and Chocolate. Her music for Dee Rees .’s HBO biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, won Portman an Emmy for best original dramatic score for a limited series, a feature film, or a feature film special . She is also a two-time BAFTA nominee, for her work on Oranges are not the only fruit and Woman in black.
During his career, Portman has worked with the likes of Mike Leigh (Life is so sweet), Jonathan Demme (Manchurian candidate, Love), Lynne Ramsay (Ratcher), Mike Newell (Mona Lisa smile), Robert Redford (Legend of Bagger Vance), Lone Sherfig (The best of them), Wayne Wang (The clubs are happy luck) and Jeremiah Chechik (Benny and Joon).
Portman’s first original score was for Michael Hoffman’s debut Exclusive right in 1982. Her Hollywood break came with the score for the 1992 Beeban Kidron drama. Used people.
In a statement announcing her lifetime achievement award, Zurich Film Festival artistic director Christian Jungen called Portman “a truly extraordinary and inspiring composer”.
Portman said she feels “most humbled to be selected for such a prestigious award,” adding that it is a “privilege” to take on the role of head of the international film music jury.
In addition to his film work, Portman wrote an opera of Saint Exupery’s . Little Prince for the Houston Grand Opera, a play by The Water Diviner’s Tale for BBC Proms, and section The world’s first morning for Joyce Di Donato’s Eden project.
Zurich’s International Cinema Music Competition will see young composers score original music for the same short. The 2022 title stands for Barney Cokeliss’ Founder. Three of the submitted pieces will be nominated by conductor Frank Strobel and the Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra and performed live in Zurich for the competition judges.
The Zurich International Film Festival runs from September 22 to October 2.