Volker Bertelmann. ©Carsten Sander
All Quiet on the Western Front
Director Edward Berger's All Quiet on the Western Front, a new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic World War I novel, tells the story of a young soldier struggling to survive amidst the brutality of war. Berger: "I wanted to make a film that doesn't glorify war, but shows it for what it is. This is a story about the loss of innocence and the struggle for survival".
The prestigious Netflix production was under close watch from the moment the project was announced - and it delivered: It has received 37 festival and international awards so far, including four Academy Awards (out of nine nominations) and seven BAFTA Awards.
The film's score by acclaimed pianist, composer, and experimental musician Volker Bertelmann received both the Oscar and the BAFTA Award for best composition in 2023. "Finally, it became a motif of just three notes. It sounds irregular, then it is gone again. The music doesn't hide anything, but rather emphasizes the breaks, which was important to me", Bertelmann told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Bertelmann, who in his solo work goes by the name Hauschka, is a uniquely innovative pianist; he is renowned both for his trademark sound, which he achieves by preparing the piano with various small objects, and his ability to improvise entire performances. His output is prodigious: he tours extensively, and has produced over twenty albums and EPs, both solo and in collaboration with others. He has worked, among many others, with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, where he was the artist in residence, with Múm, the Icelandic experimental musical group, and with the Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn.
Bertelmann (*1966) is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
His score for Lion, which he composed in collaboration with Dustin O’Halloran, was nominated for multiple awards, including Oscar for Best Original Score, Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and Best Film Music at the BAFTAs. He has provided music for several leading films and television series, including the score for Patrick Melrose, Showtime’s Emmy-and BAFTA nominated mini-series, and for Gunpowder, the HBO mini-series starring Kit Harington, and the 2020 film Ammonite, co-composed with O’Halloran, which received a spot on the Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Score.