Nicolas Jaar is turning into a soundtrack specialist.
The Chilean-American producer and ex-Darkside member has composed the music for a forthcoming drama by director Jacques Audiard, whose previous films include Rust and Bone, The Beat That My Heart Skipped and the Oscar-nominated A Prophet.
Dheepan follows a Tamil soldier, a young woman and a girl who pose who as a family to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka and end up settling in a housing project outside Paris. Partly inspired by Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, the film stars Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers and Marc Zinga. The premiere will take place at Cannes Film Festival this month.
Several of Audiard’s previous features were scored by Alexandre Desplat, who picked up an Oscar this year for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel, so Jaar has some big boots to fill. While Dheepan is Jaar’s biggest film project yet, he has previously re-scored the 1969 Armenian film The Color of Pomegranates and written music for a short film on police brutality.