John Adams has contributed his first-ever film score, to Io sono l'amore (I Am Love), the new film by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, starring Tilda Swinton. The film drew considerable attention at the Toronto Film Festival last month and has now been nominated for the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards’ Hollywood World Award for best international film.
The award's jury chair Mike Goodridge said that the nominated films "are not just among the best international films, but the best films made this year." The winning film will be announced at a gala event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles this Monday, October 26.
Following the Toronto Film Festival screenings in September, the Hollywood Reporter said of the film that "best of all is the score, the first-ever by acclaimed minimalist musician John Adams (Nixon in China), whose orchestral compositions run counter to the scenes. Dramatic moments are accompanied by light, almost frivolous music, the routine of everyday life by deep, somber tones.” The Los Angeles Times's Mark Olsen said "the pulsing, buzzing orchestral music by John Adams adds a staggering emotional punch" to the film.