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Europe’s largest celebration of film soundtracks to be held in Krakow in May

If your favourite part of a movie is the soundtrack, then a festival being held in Krakow, Poland may be the right place for you.

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The 9th Film Museum Festival, held from 24 to 30 May, will bring together music from films like Rosemary’s Baby, The Theory of Everything, Frozen and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, along with jazz deconstructions of Golden Age hits, ambient sounds, and more in Europe’s largest celebration of film soundtracks.

The festival will feature performances, such as live music accompaniment during a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark. An orchestra will play the film’s famous themes, like the Raiders March, which opens the film and is “the second most recognisable film motif of all time, surpassed only by the Star Wars theme”.

The performance will mark the 35th anniversary of the release of the first part of the Indiana Jones series. According to the festival, the 1981 film was one of the most popular foreign films in Poland and was watched by more than 9 million people in theatres.

The festival will also see performances from new films, with a show featuring four composers “whose work is posed on the edge between electronica and contemporary music”. These performers include Cliff Martinez, who composed the soundtracks for the movies Solaris and Drive, and Jóhann Jóhannsson, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for the soundtrack to The Theory of Everything.