Gopala Davies: Woodwind doesn’t copy Hollywood

South African actor Gopala Davies has a relatively small but interesting role with a good amount of screen time in Woodwind.  He’s recently picked up a number of awards, such as the Standard Bank Ovation Award for Barbe Bleue: A story about Madness, two SATMag Awards for Les Cenci: A story about Artaud and he’s currently nominated for a Naledi…

Q & A with sound mixer Marcel Duvenage

We caught up with Woodwind’s sound mixer and recordist Marcel Duvenage, who shares his insight on the most important aspect on the fiction feature, the power of sound and music. Question: Do you relate to Bonifaz’s passion for recording the sounds of nature? Marcel Duvenage: I definitely relate to that part of Bonifaz’s character, in…

How Leandro Taub was selected to play Bonifaz

In one of his interview questions, Woodwind director Fin Manjoo was asked about his approach in finding an actor for the lead role of Bonifaz the composer. Here follows the answer: Early in 2016 a casting agent asked me before I selected the lead actor, ‘If you had a massive budget, who would you select to…

The world of Woodwind by Screen Africa

The continent’s leading film industry magazine Screen Africa wrote a double-page feature on the movie Woodwind. Screen Africa’s feature focused on the technical side of making the film. They mostly wrote about the equipment used in the camera, sound and editing departments; and then interviewed director Fin Manjoo about the reasons for these selections to meet…

Q & A with Furrer: The hidden sacredness of women in Woodwind

We speak with Woodwind actress Andrea Christina Furrer, who plays Alina in the upcoming feature film. Question: Much will be made of the lead character in Woodwind, the composer Bonifaz. However his girlfriend/partner/wife Alina is also involved in music. What can we say about how she connects to the music that Bonifaz discovers? ACF: I…

The art of walking the way of Woodwind

Director Fin Manjoo goes into minute detail on the making of the most subtle movements that are usually taken for granted in films, underlining the path of Bonifaz in Woodwind. One of the roles of art is to open audience perception, and after experiencing a powerful art installation, music or film, one can still feel the…

Fin Manjoo: Capturing the ‘unfilmable’ in Woodwind

Director Fin Manjoo writes about how the treatment of the cinematography, music and performance all combined to create one of the most magical scenes in Woodwind. About nine months before the shoot of Woodwind, I was discussing the approach to the art of the film with crew members, when I spoke to a very good Russian cinematographer…

Fin Pictures releases first Woodwind trailer

Watch the official trailer for the feature film, Woodwind which begins at film festivals around the world this summer. Story: In a contemporary mythological portrait of a young South American composer named Bonifaz (Leandro Taub), his startling coincidences with an American painter Agna (Jasmin Jandreau) and his former German partner Alina (Andrea Christina Furrer), haunt…

Subtitles to unite four languages in Woodwind

Over the last few days Fin Pictures has been busy inserting additional English subtitles on the feature film, Woodwind. Director Fin Manjoo has taken the decision to insert English subtitles even for spoken English in his film, for starters at least when screened in the European festival circuit and explains the reasons. There’s four distinct…