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Miles from anywhere in the middle of the Himalayas, a village nestles amidst its fields of barley. Its hardy peasant population eeks out a living from the salt of the Tibetan highlands. Each year, they mine and trade the salt for grain, transporting it far beyond the huge mountains, down to the lush, rich valleys of Nepal. The annual trek is fraught with danger, testing the bravery of one and all, transforming these simple mountain folk into heroic trailblazers.
Eric Valli's beautiful Tibetan western evokes the end of a world, that of the salt caravans. What sort of musical approach should this sort of film take? Should you try to compose music with a Tibetan feel, running the risk of being picturesque? Or, like a translator distancing himself from a text's literal meaning in order to let its feeling surface, should you extract impressions from that music and mix them with more familiar sounds, in this way creating a fusion of styles at the expense of being musically correct? I opted for the second solution, an improbable mixture of Corsican and Tibetan voices, which, by dint of reworking, ended up melting, merging even. For me, this was the greatest joy of the whole adventure.
Bruno Coulais – Composer
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