Meet the film score composers selected to participate in the 2024 edition of CASA CINE!

4/17/20243 min read

SERENA Productions and La Napoule Art Foundation are pleased to present the composers who will take part in the next edition of the CASA CINE residency. Our jury, composed by Ally Fiola, Giuseppe Gavazza, Jean-François Trubert and Filipe Raposo, selected the two candidates who will be joining us in May at Château de La Napoule to fully dedicate themselves to the creation of a soundtrack for a feature-length film.

This year, the residency will welcome film score composers Marisol Cao Milán (Spain/Cuba) and Damian Scholl (Germany).

Marisol Cao Milán

Film score composer

Feature documentary

The Light of Masao Nakagawa

Marisol Cao Milán is a Cuban composer, sound designer and orchestra conductor who lives and works in Spain. She graduated in Choral Conducting at the National School of Art (ENA), in Orchestral Conducting at the University of the Arts (ISA) and in Sound Direction at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Cuba. She has been selected for several residencies, programs and scholarships in Europe and Latin America, such as String and Tins, Izotope and Avid Protools. Marisol Cao Milán often works in the development of fictions, documentaries and new media projects. She has collaborated on installation and performance projects with plastic artists, as well as in audiovisual exhibitions. She currently works as a sound director and composer at Estudios Amarras where she collaborates with international directors on films that have been presented at festivals such as IDFA, Visions du Réel, Ji.hlava, San Sebastian Film Festival, among others.

During the residency, she will work on the score composition for The Light of Masao Nakagawa, by director Hideki Nakazaki Yesquen.

by Hideki Nagasaki Yesquen
Damian Scholl

Film score composer

Feature documentary

James Howell

Damian Scholl is a German composer of film music and contemporary music. He began playing the violin at an early age, and soon developed a keen interest in composing and performing his own music. He studied composition at the University of the Arts (UdK) Berlin and did a master’s program in Film Music at the Potsdam-Babelsberg Film University.

As a film music composer, he first attracted attention with his music for Andres Veiel’s documentary Beuys, co-created with his colleague Ulrich Reuter. Their soundtrack won Best Music in a Documentary at the DOK.fest festival in Munich and was also nominated for best score at the German Filmmusic Prize in 2017. Most recently, his music for the documentary Plastic Fantastic earned him a nomination for Best Music in a Documentary at the 2023 DOK.fest Munich. Damian Scholl’s repertoire to date includes works for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles, a chamber opera and works for symphonic orchestra. Several of his New Music pieces, as well as soundtracks have been released on record. His experimental solo album Till the Sun Breaks Down was published in 2023.

At CASA CINE, he will be composing the score for the documentary film James Howell, by director Halina Dyrschka.

Halina Dyrschka

SERENA Productions and La Napoule Art Foundation thank all applicants and congratulate the participants of the 2024 edition of CASA CINE, which will take place at the Château de La Napoule, from May 10th to 29th.