Selenskyj – Ein Prasident im Krieg

Laurent Eyquem, Eike Hosenfeld, Tim Stanzel, Johannes Beere, Henrik Albrecht, Olaf Parusel, Moritz Denis, Steffan Keinke, Michael Kadelbach and Tobias Fritzsch

 
" It generally embraces elements of scoring present in any thinkable medium. "

Written by Joep de Bruijn - Review of the music as heard in the movie


Selenskyj – Ein Prasident im Krieg is a 2022 German biographical documentary film about a Ukrainian former comedian, current politician, President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It is directed by Claudia Nagel and Dirk Schneider, with narration by Nadja Schulz, or different people in othercountries.

After having watched the documentary, paying close attention to the end credits, it lists the following composers: Laurent Eyquem, Eike Hosenfeld, Tim Stanzel, Johannes Beere, Michael Kadelbach, Olaf Parusel, Tobias Fritzsch and Moritz Denis. Most of them have had a lot of experience in scoring dozens of projects, excluding Tobias Fritzsch (who moved from the sound department to scoring) and Hendrik Albrecht. A lot of these composers have been utilized for a variety of German (TV) documentaries, such as Der Bruderkrieg and Krieg in Europa, or have, in a diminished coupling somewhere along the line, worked together.

Yet, the official digital release, clocking at 36 minutes, excludes any track contributed by Laurent Eyquem and Hendrik Albrecht, while introducing a new name, Steffan Keinke. Amongst all these German composers, of whom I know a considerable number of their works, Eyquem is yet the most familiar musical name, but I find myself in dubious as to what he contributed in context. The release is 36 minutes long, the documentary 44 minutes, with moments of silence and diegetic music.

The documentary mixes the views of experts in a variety of fields, from reporters to Zelensky himself, tells his historical background and how it mingles with the recent events of war between the Ukraine and Russia. Given the still ongoing new developments in this important war, the documentary feels a bit outdated, while still withholding valuable information, which is still nothing new to people who have followed it closely through other sources.

The music, by a baton of different composers, does a lot to allude to a variety of feelings; the hope by light piano and strings towards the end as children cycle freely across the Ukraine territory, hopeful, but slightly mournful woodwinds as Zelensky wins the elections, and the brink of war atmospheric, yet endearing feel mixed with live instruments and snare drums. These are merely a few moments that strike the specific emotional chord of the documentary, helping to move the narrative forward.

Without closely, and accurately, examining both the music in context and on the digital release, presumably missing out on visual segments being cut alongside its original score, and released cues definitely shortened in context.... Mostly it's just above average music for a documentary. In comparison to a film or a series (other media), what impresses me the most in relation to this documentary, is, regardless if any given project is somehow colored by the intent of the makers, it generally embraces elements of scoring present in any thinkable medium; some larger than life or subdued cinematic moments, a sense of continuity and progression also present in all others.





Tracklist
1 And the King – Michael Kadelbach
2 Flutungen – Olaf Parusel
3 Protagon – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
4 Tanz – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis
5 Aufbruch – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
6 Protagon II – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
7 Protagon III – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
8 Kleine Hande – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
9 Russland – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Steffen Keinke
10 Gericht – Tobias Fritzsch
11 Russland II – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Steffen Keinke
12 Der Krieg – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Steffen Keinke
13 Kleine Hande II – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
14 Kleine Hande III – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
15 Prasident – Michael Kadelbach
16 Repression – Michael Kadelbach
17 Kleine Hande IV – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
18 Schlacht – Michael Kadelbach
19 Tragik – Eike Hosenfeld, Moritz Denis, Tim Stanzel
20 Tod – Michael Kadelbach
21 Schlacht II – Michael Kadelbach
22 Armee – Michael Kadelbach
23 Spannung – Johannes Beere



(written 21-05-2022)
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Looks Filmproduktionen GmbH (music as heard in the movie 2022)
Laurent Eyquem, Eike Hosenfeld, Tim Stanzel, Johannes Beere, Henrik Albrecht, Olaf Parusel and Moritz DenisSteffan Keinke