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filmmaker : Blaise Harrison
Composer : Rhys Chatham
France, Switzerland, 2013
Production : Les Films du Poisson



In a small town in the mountains, between community and moments of solitude, season after season, Harmony’s musicians take us on a musical and sound journey in search of harmony.

Tënk's film review

This movie’s intention is to make viewers feel the intensity of human relationships by filming Pontarlier’s harmonic orchestra… and it’s what it manages to do in a powerful and musical way. Logically, this is a film to listen to, focusing on the sound of the rehearsals, the “3, 4” of the conductor, the silences in nature and the musical score, and, at the end, the closing music that’s progressive and bewitching. The men and women who play together also bring into play their individuality within the community. It’s fine if everyone’s in harmony, and it’s also fine if they’re a little off-key.

Jérémie Jorrand
Tënk's Editorial and programming Director

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Blaise Harrison

Born in 1980 with French-Swiss nationality, Blaise Harrison graduated from the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) in 2003. After making several short films, he worked for Arte’s documentary programme Cut Up for two years, making a dozen 2- to 6-minute films. He then directed “Armand, 15 ans l’été", a documentary co-produced and broadcast by ARTE and selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2011 as well as for several international events including the Dei Popoli Festival in Florence where it was awarded the prize for Best Documentary. In 2013, he made “Harmony”, another documentary for Arte, which was selected at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2017, Harrison won the Gan Foundation for Cinema Award with his feature-length drama “Particles”, selected at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2019. In parallel to his work as a director, he also works as director of photography for creative documentaries co-produced by Arte and for the cinema.

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