The atmospheric and transcendent music score of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman is at the heart and soul of the inspiring new 127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight Pictures), the true story of Aron Ralston, a trapped mountain climber and his ordeal in the Utah wilderness, opening in the U.S. in limited release on November 5th in New York and Los Angeles.
On November 2nd, three days before the film’s opening, Interscope Records will release 127 HOURS: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE, featuring the song “If I Rise,” the first collaboration between internationally renowned Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman and Dido, the mega-platinum two-time Grammy Award-nominated and 4-time BRIT Award-winning British singer and songwriter.
In addition to “If I Rise,” the soundtrack for 127 HOURS will also feature several original score written for the movie by Rahman. Titles include “Canyon,” “Liberation Begins,” “Touch of Sun,” “Liberation In A Dream,” “R.I.P.,” “Acid Darbari,” and “Liberation.”
127 HOURS marks the second collaboration for A.R. Rahman and Danny Boyle. In a 180-degree turn, they went from capturing the sounds and propulsive rhythms of the “Maximum City” Mumbai, India in Slumdog Millionaire to shooting in a claustrophobic canyon in the middle of nowhere, barely large enough to squeeze in just one man.
Boyle needed the right music to capture the film’s exploration of one man’s extraordinary triumph over incomparable circumstances. For that, he turned to A.R. Rahman to inhabit the unique world of ‘127 Hours’ and to capture the transcendent beauty of Aron Ralston’s escape. Rahman’s superbly eclectic score succeeds by balancing ambient sound, silence and driving rhythms that deliver an emotionally powerful and uplifting score.
As Peter Travers notes in his review of the film for Rolling Stone “Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant, enthralling 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.”
The 127 HOURS soundtrack will also include a number of eclectic tracks ranging from soul-jazz singer Esther Phillips’ version of the Edith Piaf gem “If You Love Me” to Plastic Bertrand’s new wave anthem, “Ca Plane Pour Moi,” and Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day.” From Iceland’s Sigur Rós comes “Festival,” while Brooklyn dance-punk duo Free Blood contributes “Never Hear Surf Music Again.” The album is rounded out by Chopin’s Nocturnes – No. 2 in E flat.
127 HOURS reunites the Slumdog Millionaire team of Oscar winners A.R. Rahman (Best Original Score and Best Original Song), Danny Boyle (Best Director), producer Christian Colson (Best Picture), writer Simon Beaufoy (Best Adapted Screenplay), and Anthony Dod Mantle (Best Cinematography).
An official Selection at the London Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival, the movie tells the remarkable adventure of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who saves himself after a boulder falls on his arm and traps him in an isolated Utah canyon. For five days he examines his life, recalling friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara), the last people he met before his accident. Ralston ultimately survives the elements, discovering he has the courage and wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, overcoming obstacles until he is finally rescued.
127 HOURS: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE – track listing:
1. Never Hear Surf Music Again – Free Blood
2. The Canyon – A.R. Rahman
3. Liberation Begins – A.R. Rahman
4. Touch of the Sun – A.R. Rahman
5. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
6. Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op. 9 No. 2
7. Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
8. Liberation In A Dream – A.R. Rahman
9. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) – Esther Phillips
10. Acid Darbari – A.R. Rahman
11. R.I.P. – A.R. Rahman
12. Liberation – A.R. Rahman
13. Festival – Sigur Ros
14. If I Rise – Dido / A.R. Rahman
IN SELECT THEATERS NOVEMBER 5, 2010
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