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A very special limited edition release, from the founding members of FareWell Poetry. The Freemartin Calf is a labour-of-love film and soundtrack, created in the home workshops of filmmaker Jayne Amara Ross and composer Frédéric D. Oberland, with the significant contribution of cellist Gaspar Claus. Written in 2008 as a deliberation on the creative process, the film relates a day in the life of a young girl and her mother as they brave two very separate realities governed by the desire to both reject, and conform to, the societal roles imposed upon them. Shot on super 8 between 2009 and 2010 and scored during the spring and summer months of 2010, The Freemartin Calf is imbued with a delicate fragility synonymous with the inner experience of its protagonists. This limited release includes both soundtrack (180g LP) and film (DVD) as well as the original script of the film and a bonus MP3 download of a live performance in 2011 at Saint Merry Church in Paris.

A few words…
…on the film:

‘The realistic narrative of ‘The Freemartin Calf’ never ceases to enrichen its symbolic basis with dreamlike imagery. Here we are closer to a naturalism that its transcended, magnified. From the ambitious mis-en-scène to the intricate structure of the film and the power of the facture, ‘The Freemartin Calf’ is a film of great maturity – and of extraordinary beauty.’ Gabriela Monelle
(Culturopoing, June 2011)

‘Visual symphonies play soundtrack to the poetic voice-over, expanding into a series of images of rare filmic beauty (…). We are shaken by the truth that resides in this innovative expression of the female experience.’
Raphaël Bassan
(Short Film Magazine Bref, January 2013)

credits

released September 1, 2013

THE FREEMARTIN CALF:
poetry & film by Jayne Amara Ross 

original music by Frédéric D. Oberland with Gaspar Claus

FILM CREDITS:
Written, directed and edited by Jayne Amara Ross / Mother: Fabienne Mésenge / Daughter: Orna Assouline / Caddie: Nick Alldridge / Young man: Frédéric D. Oberland / Cinematography, hand-processing & celluloid manipulation: Jayne Amara Ross / Lighting/camera assistant: Michaël Capron, Camila Freitas, Thierry Laskar, Baptiste Brousse / Set decoration, props and costumes: Nicolas Brechat & Aneymone Wilhelm / Visual post-production & compositing: Jayne Amara Ross & David Mathias / Assistant director: Frédéric D. Oberland

SOUNDTRACK CREDITS:
Composed and recorded at Magnum Diva Studio by Frédéric D. Oberland / Mixed at Le Fresnoy and at La Fémis on analog console by Maxime Champesme / Mastered to tape at Durton Studio by Nils Frahm / Jayne Amara Ross: narration / Gaspar Claus: cello / Frédéric D. Oberland: guitar, fender rhodes, piano, kalimba, harmonium, theremin, bells, electronics / Maxime Champesme: sound design, field recordings

Mastered to tape by Nils Frahm

Graphic design: David Bart / Script and still frames: Jayne Amara Ross

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A CLOSER LISTEN - USA 'Elegant, harrowing, and consistently captivating. One needs time to recover after experiencing The Freemartin Calf.'
DECODER MAGAZINE - USA 'Shot in stark black and white and imbued with a mesmerising dreamlike fragility, the film’s look brings to mind some of the great Expressionist movies of 1930s Germany as well as Tarkovsky’s Stalker and the work of modern masters such as Béla Tarr.'
TEXTURA - CA 'An arresting film narrative and a provocative stand-alone soundtrack. Moments of beauty are many.'
NINE HERTZ - UK 'Delicate and very effecting. A comparison would be the spoken elements of Swans and lyrically it shares much with the film noir cool of Enablers. Fascinating and mysterious are your key words here, why not follow them into the ether for a while?'
FLUID RADIO - UK 'Deeply evocative and dangerously sensual.'
SWQW - FR "Jayne Amara Ross, Frédéric D. Oberland et Gaspar Claus ont créé une œuvre à leur image, aussi riche et variée que leurs influences respectives, qui dépasse de très loin le concept de bande originale de film et, inversement, de support visuel à une création musicale. Leur travail, très abouti, se pare alors de toute la beauté de la blancheur hivernale."
THE NEW NOISE - IT 'Non è facile cimentarsi con così tante forme espressive, eppure, siamo di fronte a un lavoro impressionante per quanto è calibrato ed efficace.'

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Sound artist & photographer | Member of FOUDRE!, Oiseaux-Tempête, Le Réveil des Tropique, The Rustle Of The Stars & FareWell Poetry | Co-curator of NAHAL Recordings

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