KHALED

Lebanon Traveler - - INTERVIEW -

DID YOU AL­WAYS WANT TO WORK IN THE MU­SIC IN­DUS­TRY?

Yes, mu­sic was my first pas­sion so work­ing in the in­dus­try came very nat­u­rally to me.

HOW DID YOU START COM­POS­ING MU­SIC FOR FILM?

I was young and had very close friends who were study­ing to be film di­rec­tors. They used to ask me to cre­ate mu­sic for their vi­su­als. This process al­lowed me to read scripts and to com­pose the mu­sic be­fore even see­ing the im­ages. I dis­cov­ered that my mu­sic gave these pictures a com­pletely dif­fer­ent feel­ing.

IF YOU COULD HAVE COM­POSED THE MU­SIC FOR ANY FILM, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?

Zef­firelli’s Je­sus of Nazareth.

WHAT IS THE “KHALED MOUZANNAR” SIG­NA­TURE IN YOUR MU­SIC?

I’m very much in­spired by Latin Amer­i­can mu­sic, which was prom­i­nent in my child­hood thanks to my mother. She was a mu­si­cian who grew up in that part of the world. I also stud­ied clas­si­cal mu­sic un­der the guid­ance of the Le­banese-ar­me­nian com­poser Boghos Ge­lalian and I’m, of course, moved by ori­en­tal melodies. I think this mix of cul­tures and the way I put them to­gether with my per­sonal touch cre­ates my sig­na­ture.

DO YOU AND ALIA OF­FER ARTIS­TIC AD­VICE TO EACH OTHER?

Not re­ally, but we do take on board each other’s opinions.

DO YOU HAVE A FA­VORITE PIECE OF JEW­ELRY DE­SIGNED BY ALIA?

Alia’s rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of clas­si­cal jew­elry into con­tem­po­rary creations is unique. I par­tic­u­larly like her "Cache Ring."

WHAT HAS BEEN THE PIN­NA­CLE OF YOUR CA­REER?

Well, I have an un­opened bot­tle of Cham­pagne in my fridge at the stu­dio that has been there for the past 20 years and I don’t know when I will open it! Hav­ing said that, our Palme d’or nom­i­na­tion for “Caphar­naüm” at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val makes me re­ally proud.

WHAT’S ON THE HORI­ZON?

I have a lot to do with “Caphar­naüm,” which I also pro­duced. Af­ter the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, I’m per­form­ing at the Baal­beck In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val on 8 July 2018.

Since this in­ter­view, "Caphar­naüm" re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Jury Prize at the 71st an­nual Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

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