Together with Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka composed the score for the Garth Davis directed film Lion starring Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Dev Patel.
The Weinstein Company backed feature is based on Saroo Brierley’s autobiography, ’A Long Way Home’. The score was nominated for the HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards) in the category Original Score Feature Film.
Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman star in the true story of Saroo Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family in India at the age of five, and then located his original home using Google Earth 25 years later.
Precocious five-year-old Saroo Khan is always up for an adventure. Eager to help his older brother Guddu with any odd job that will provide their family with much-needed money, Saroo follows Guddu everywhere he goes. One night the two boys are separated on a train platform in their native Madhya Pradesh, and Saroo winds up nearly a thousand miles away in Calcutta.
Homeless in a strange city where he doesn't speak the language, Saroo gets by on his street smarts until he is taken in by a government orphanage. When an Australian couple adopts him, he is taken to live with them in Hobart, Tasmania. It's not until Saroo leaves that island as a young Australian man that he begins to wonder what became of his first home and the family he so adored. Ingeniously using satellite images from Google Earth, he finds a lead to follow up on. But the search for Saroo's past threatens to overwhelm his present, and he finds himself further adrift than he ever imagined possible.
Adapting Brierley's own book, A Long Way Home, screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time director Garth Davis infuse the story with quiet heartbreak. Newcomer Sunny Pawar lights up the screen as the young boy, and Dev Patel delivers a deeply affecting performance as the adult Saroo. Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara and Tannishtha Chatterjee round out Lion's all-star international cast, while Greig Fraser's arresting photography conveys the overwhelming chaos and beauty of Saroo's two worlds. This remarkable journey shows us how home transcends borders and family transcends blood.
(Source: tiff.net; Author: Jane Schoettle)
World Premiere: September 10, 2016 @ Toronto International Film Festival
Theatrical Release: November 26, 2016 (US) // February 23, 2017 (Germany)
Runtime: 120 min
Director: Garth Davis
Executive Producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Fraser, David Glasser, Daniel Levin, Shahen Mekertichian
Producer: Iain Canning, Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman
Screenwriter: Luke Davies
Cinematographer: Greig Fraser
Editor: Alexandre de Francesca
Production Design: Chris Kennedy
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Abhishek Parate, David Wenham among others
Music: Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka), Dustin O’Halloran