Sony Music announces the release of THE BEST OF ENEMIES (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), with music by composer MARCELO ZARVOS (Wonder, Fences, Enough Said, The Chaperone). Available Friday, April 5, the soundtrack features music from the Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell-starring film, which makes its theatrical debut via STXfilms on Friday, April 5.
Of the soundtrack, composer MARCELO ZARVOS says: “The score of The Best of Enemies utilizes a lot of guitar and different types of plucked string instruments found in the American South like dulcimer, mandolin along with piano, voice, orchestral and solo cello. The film deals with the racial tension of early 1970’s North Carolina and with characters finding the common humanity on both sides of the racial divide. The music balances the grueling realities of the time period with a message of redemption.”
Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (SamRockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever. Robin Bissell makes his directorial debut from his own script, which is based on the novel The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
2. Voting Begins
3. Endangered Species
5. Senate Selection
6. Final Votes
7. Picking Sides
8. Larry in Trouble
9. White Hood
11. Ann Goes to Murdock
12. Gunfire at Night
13. Exalted Cyclops
14. Empty Chair
15. The Debate
17. Klan Visit
18. The Best of Enemies
ABOUT MARCELO ZARVOS
The subtle nuances of composer Marcelo Zarvos’ style are evidenced in his recent scores for Fences directed by and starring Denzel Washington, Golden Globe-winning The Affair and RayDonovan. Though his training began by studying classical music he later began delving into jazz, rock and world music. This expansion of influence helped to create Zarvos’ trademark sound – a seamless blend of classical, orchestral, rock, electronic and various ethnic elements, that together create uniquely affecting and emotionally charged music for film, TV, modern dance and the concert stage.
Zarvos most recently scored the acclaimed hit film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay and directed by Stephen Chbosky which opened in November 2017.
Because of his skill with layered stories and emotive undertones, Brazilian-born Zarvos has become the go-to composer for filmmakers like Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Please Give, the recent Amazon series One Mississippi), Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest), Tod Williams (The Door In The Floor, Cell), Ross Katz (Adult Beginners, The Choice), Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) and Barry Levinson (The Humbling, You Don’t Know Jack, Rock The Kasbah).
A classically trained pianist and composer, Zarvos earned his BFA from Cal Arts. He burst onto the film landscape in the early 2000s with his score for Kissing Jessica Stein and with the film adaptation of the John Irving novel, The Door In The Floor. Zarvos’ credits include The Good Shepherd, The Words, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Face Of Love, Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras), Sin Nombre, Hollywoodland, Adult Beginners, The Humbling, Little Accidents, American Ultraand Enough Said.
Twice nominated for Primetime Emmy® Awards (for You Don’t Know Jack and Taking Chance), Zarvos’ television work includes Too Big To Fail, The Big C, Extant the HBO movie Phil Spector, the Amazon series One Mississippi and Z: The Beginning Of Everything, the limited series The Romanoffs for Amazon and two current Showtime series The Affair and Ray Donovan.
Zarvos’ recent projects include The Land Of Steady Habits written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, The Choice(based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) and Mapplethorpestarring Matt Smith and directed by Ondi Timoner.
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