Film Compositions
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Title Year Compositions Notes
Documentaries and Performance
24 Preludes for a Fugue2002My Heart's in the Highlands/Sarah was Ninety Years Old/Für Alina/Cecilia, vergine romana/Orient & Occident/Fratres/Annum per Annum/Tabula Rasa/Pro et Contra/Como anhela la ciervaF-Seitse Films, Estonia
Film by Dorian Supin
87 minutes
24 collected moments of Arvo Pärt's life and his music during the last ten years, also his memories from his childhood.

Available on European PAL video from:
F-Seitse Films
Narva maantee 63
Tallinn, Estonia. 10152
Tel. 011-372-601-5983

Available on region 1 and region 0 (PAL) DVD

Arvo Pärt November 19781978Dreiklangskonzert (Italian Concerto)

Eesti Telefilm

A film by I. Randalu, A. Sööts, J. Elling, M. Reinmann, J. Ruus and H. Kuusk
Music performed by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,
conducted by Saulius Sondeckis with soloists Natalia Gutman and Oleg Kagan.

This 30 minute black and white film features an informal interview with Arvo Pärt (conducted in Estonian), an English translation of which is available here, and excerpts from rehearsals for the premiere of The Italian Concerto (also known as Dreiklangskonzert) with Pärt in attendance. Unfortunately, a complete performance of the concerto is not included. The piece, for violin and cello soloists and string orchestra was subsequently abandoned by Pärt, although performances are known to have been given as late as 1987 or 1988.

Arvo Pärt: St. John Passion1997PassioRM Arts 079 279 3
(VHS video - PAL format)
Hilliard Ensemble
Paul Hillier, conductor

Available on Region 1 (North American) and Region 2 (Europe) DVD as of early 2002. See sources such as (USA for Region 1) or (Germany for Region 2)

Cecilia2002Cecilia, vergine romanaF-Seitse Films, Estonia
Film by Dorian Supin
27 minutes

Rehearsals by the Academy of St. Cecilia Choir and Orchestra under conductor Myung-Whun Chung in collaboration with Arvo Pärt are shown prior to the world premiere of Cecilia, vergine romana in Rome, Italy on November 19, 2000. Note: a complete performance of the work is not shown. A portion of this film is also seen in "24 Preludes to a Fugue".

Available on European PAL video from F-Seitse Films. (see contact information above)

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Bamboo Dream2002Fratres, Tabula Rasa, and othersGidon Kremer / Keith Jarret / Staatsorchester Stuttgart / Dennis Russel Davis, conductor / The 12 Cellists of the BPO / Tatjana Gridenko / Alfred Schnittke / Lihuanian Chamber Music Orchestra / Saulus Sondeckis / Kremerata Baltica / Huan Sheng-Kai
TRT: 88 minutes
Menu Languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle Languages: GB, D, F, SP
Cat. 100378
Format: PAL
Gratias2006Zwei Beter (CD only) / Peace Upon You, Jerusalem (CD and DVD - different recordings)Artist: ETV Tütarlastekoor (Estonian TV Girls' Choir)/Aarne Saluveer, conductor
Label: Estonian Choral Association KY001 (CD+DVD set)
DVD format - 4:3 aspect ratio, PAL, Region coding uncertain (probably "2" or "0")
source -
Notes: CD recording of Zwei Beter from Eesti Raadio, 2005
CD recording of Peace Upon You, Jerusalem from Danish Radio, 12/2003
DVD recording of Peace Upon You, Jerusalem from ACDA Convention, 2003 (previously available on a limited-release DVD from ViaMedia, now deleted).
Music by Mozart, Pärt & Schnittke2008Mozart-AdagioEuroArts 2072228
Region 0
16x9 aspect ratio
artists - Gidon Kremer, violin/Marta Sudraba, cello/Reinut Tepp, piano
Orient Occident2002Orient & OccidentF-Seitse Films, Estonia
Film by Dorian Supin
18 minutes

Rehearsals by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under conductor Tõnu Kaljuste in collaboration with Arvo Pärt are shown prior to the Estonian premiere of Orient & Occident in Tallinn, Estonia on April 7, 2001. Note: a complete performance of the work is not shown.

Available on European PAL video from F-Seitse Films. (see contact information above)

Playing Pärt2012 In 2011 the Old Town Music School of Collegium Educationis Revaliae and the International Arvo Pärt Centre together staged a student concert of works by Arvo Pärt in Tallinn's Swedish St Michael's Church. This double DVD package is a recording of the concert and the rehearsals plus a conversation between Nora and Arvo Pärt.

International Arvo Pärt Center
Minor Film
Universal Edition, Vienna
Directed and filmed by Dorian Supin
2-DVD, 276 minutes
16:9, Stereo
Subtitles: English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Estonian
Regional code: all zones
Booklet in English and Estonian
ECM New Series IAPC-1

Sinu Nimi (Your Name)2002...which was the son of...F-Seitse Films, Estonia
Film by Dorian Supin
27 minutes

Rehearsals by the Voices of Europe Choir under conductor Thurgerdur Ingolfsdottir in collaboration with Arvo Pärt are shown prior to the world premiere of ...which was the son of... in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 26, 2000. Note: a complete performance of the work is not shown.

Available on European PAL video from F-Seitse Films. (see contact information above)

Te Deum - Arvo Pärt2000Te DeumDate: 16 April 2000
Program: Maestro
Channel: Arte (Europe)
This film contains rehearsals (Pärt is present), an interview with Tõnu Kaljuste, and a performance of Te Deum by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tönu Kaljuste, given in Tallinn at Niguliste Church.
The Great Mass - A Ballet by Uwe Scholz - Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and others.2005CredoLabel: Euroarts
Catalogue No.: 2054608 (DVD); 2054604 (Blu-ray)
Performers: Leipzig Opera Chorus, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Balázs Kocsár

International Distribution through Naxos and available through Amazon and other major online retailers.

Who is Arvo Pärt? (A Journey into the Mind of a Composer)

Original Estonian Title: Ja siis sai õhtu ja sai hommik (And then came the evening and the morning)

1990AetosEesti Telefilm/Yleisradio TV 1/RM Arts Co-production
Directed by Dorian Supin

This documentary shows Arvo Pärt at home with his family and working in his study. He is interviewed/provides voiceover in Estonian/Russian with subtitled English translations. Concert rehearsals (The Hilliard Ensemble/ Western Wind Choir/Paul Hillier) (unknown Finnish choir & orchestra/Eri Klas) and a studio session (Arvo Pärt: Yamaha DX7 keyboard, Jan Garbarek: tenor saxophone & Manfred Eicher: engineer) for the unreleased recording of what is reputedly Aetos are shown. Also a few minutes of the Kremer/Grindenko/Schnittke /Sondeckis Tabula Rasa performance is shown which would lead one to think that there is a complete video recording of that as well as the WDR Radio recording used for the ECM release. The tone of the documentary alternates from serious interviews/work to humorous scenes of Pärt clowning around and German "man on the street" interviews with people being asked "Who is Arvo Pärt?". Overall, a fascinating view into Pärt's work and lifestyle. - Alan Teder

This video is not commercially available to our knowledge. Interested potential viewers should enquire from their local educational TV station if future broadcasts of it would be possible.

Original Film Scores
Briljandid proletariaadi diktatuurile (Diamonds for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat)1975original scoreTallinnfilm, Estonia
directed by Grigori Kromanov
screenplay by Yulian Semyonov from his own novel
cinematography by Jüri Sillart
production design by Aleksandr Bojm & Linda Vernik
Inspiratsioon (Inspiration)1971/72original scoreTallinnfilm, 1971/72
35mm, colour - 3 reels
director, Valdur Himbek
artistic design, H. Halla
screenplay, J. Sillart
cameraman, J. Sillart
music, Arvo Pärt, Mati Kuulberg, a.o.
Kind of Hush, A1998score based on Trisagion and arranged by PärtA Capitol Films presentation with participation of British Screen
in association with Arts Council of England of a First Films Co. production.
Produced by Roger Randall-Cutler
Directed, written by Brian Stirner
Running time: 96 minutes

A Kind of Hush (Polish title - Byle zapomniec)
label: Vision VDVD530, released 2007 - Poland only
available from
Region 2 DVD-Video, un-encrypted, 4x3 aspect ratio
original Dolby Digital 5.1 English language soundtrack with optional dubbed Polish language voice-over and sub-titles
music by Pärt:
Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten (from ECM 1275 - Staatsorchester Stuttgart/Dennis Russel Davies); Trisagion (in an arrangement made specially for the film - Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Tõnu Kaljuste); untitled composition (from an unreleased ECM recording session - Arvo Pärt, electronic keyboard/Jan Garbarek, saxophone)

Mäeküla piimamees (Milkman of The Manor)1965original scoreLabel: Tallinnfilm (no catalogue number)
Date of release: 1998
88 mins./black & white/4x3 aspect ratio/ PAL format VHS
a film by Leida Laius
screenplay by Voldemar Panso
from the novel by Eduard Vilde
starring Jüri Järvet, Eha Mari, Ants Lauter, a.o.
Eesti Riiklik (Estonian State) Sümfooniaorkester
conductor Eri Klas
Õhtust hommikuni (From Night 'til Dawn)1962original scoreTallinnfilm, Estonia
director Leida Laius
artistic design R. Raamat
screenplay by V. Pant
cameraman M. Dorovatovski
Test pilota Pirksa1979original scorePolskie Zespoly Filmowe & Tallinnfilm
a film by Marek Piestrak
original story Stanislaw Lem
screenplay Stanislaw Lem & Marek Piestrak
cinematography Janusz Pawlowski
set decorators Jerzy Sniezawski & Wiktor Zilko
original music Arvo Pärt
Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester/Eri Klas conductor
recorded December 1978 - Studio 1, Eesti Raadio, Tallinn

DVD details (released 2004):
title: Test Pilota Pirxa (based on the story by Stanislaw Lem, directed by Marek Piestrak) label: OKO Studio Filmawe/Swiat Polskiego Kino 707
original music soundtrack by Pärt
original film released 1978, DVD released 2004
detail: Region 0 DVD, 4:3 aspect ratio
original mono soundtrack and Dolby Digital 5.1 remix
Russian language, no subtitles
Available from

Ukuaru (Ukuaru Farm)1973original scoreEstonia
85 minutes, black & white, widescreen, PAL format VHS
Directed by Leida Laius
Starring Elle Kull & Lembit Ulfsak
Released in 1998 by Tallinnfilm (no catalogue number)
screenplay by Mats Tratt
from the novel "Ukuaru Farm" by Veera Saar
cinematographer Jüri Garsnek
artistic director H. Klaar
Värvilised unenäod (Colorful Dreams)1974original score Tallinnfilm
director Virve Aruoja & Jaan Tooming
artistic design I. Lind
screenplay by I. Kosenkranius
cameraman Rein Maran
Original Music for Animated Films
Aatomik1970original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera: Arvo Nuut
artistic design: H. Sampu
story by: S.V. Beekman & R.E. Tuganov
Can be viewed here
Aatomik ja jõmmid1970original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera: Arvo Nuut
artistic design: H. Sampu
story by: S.V. Beekman & R.E. Tuganov
Can be viewed here
Der letzte Sommerunknownoriginal score 
Hiirejaht (Mouse-hunt)1965original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera Arvo Nuut
artistic design H. Käo
story by S.V. Pant & R.E. Tuganov
Just nii (Just So)1963original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera: Heino Pars
artistic design: H. Klaar & G. Stsukin
story by: S.H. Mere & R.E. Tuganov
Kurepoeg (Son of Crane)1967original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera Arvo Nuut
artistic design H. Käo
story by V. Pant
18 minutes, colour, 4x3 ratio, PAL format VHS
Children's puppet-film directed by Elbert Tuganovi
Released in 1999 on a Tallinnfilm compilation tape titled Peetrikese Unenägu
Mis? Kes? Kus? (What? Who? Where?)1970original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera Andres Nuut
artistic design H. Valk & G. Stsukin
story by S.H. Valk, R.H. Valk
Õed1974original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera Arvo Nuut
artistic design H. Sampu & G. Stsukin
story by S.E. Tuganov & R.E. Tuganov
Operaator Kõps Kiviriigis (Cameraman Kõps in the Land of Stones)1968original scoreTallinnfilm
story by Iko Maran
directed by Heino Pars
cameramen: Ants Looman
artistic design: Georgi Stsukin
Can be viewed here
Operaator Kõps Marjametsas (Cameraman Kõps in the Berry Forest)1965original scoreTallinnfilm
story by Silvia Kiik & Heino Pars
directed by Heino Pars
cameramen: Ants Looman
artistic design: Georgi Stsukin
Can be viewed here
Operaator Kõps Seeneriigis (Cameraman Kõps in Mushroom-land)1964original scoreTallinnfilm
story by Heino Pars
directed by Heino Pars
cameramen: K. Kurepõld & Ants Looman
artistic design: Georgi Stsukin
Can be viewed here
Operaator Kõps Üksikul Saarel (Cameraman Kõps on an Uninhabited Island)1966original scoreTallinnfilm
story by Georgi Stsukin
directed by Heino Pars
cameramen: Ants Looman
artistic design: Georgi Stsukin
Can be viewed here
Pallid (Balls/Balloons?)1973original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera Arvo Nuut
artistic design S.Väljal & G.Stsukin
story by S.H.Pars & R.H.Pars
Peace1976original score 
Putukate Suvemängud (Summer Insects)1971original scoreTallinnfilm
directed by Heino Pars
screenplay by Iko Maran
cameraman Ants Looman
design Georgi Stsukin
released on PAL format VHS video, 4x3 ratio, colour, Tallinnfilm, 1999
Veealused (Underwater)1973original scoreTallinnfilm
directed by Heino Pars
screenplay by Georgi Stsukin
cameraman Arvo Nuut
design Georgi Stsukin & H. Palm
released on PAL format VHS video, 4x3 ratio, colour, Tallinnfilm, 1999
Viimane korstnapühkija (The Last Chimney-sweep)1964original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera K. Kurepõld
artistic design H. Käo
story by E. Niit, J. Kross & R.E. Tugan

Some confusion exists over the title of this film which I have also seen referred to as Väike korstnapühkija (The Little Chimney-sweep). The information here comes from Eesti Filmi Sihtasutus, whose listing of Tallinnfilm productions makes no mention of the alternative title.

Väike motoroller (Little Motor-scooter)1962original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera K. Kurepõld
artistic design L. Vernik,G. Stsukin
story by Heino Pars, E.E. Raud
Original Music for Cartoon Films
Sellised lood (Such Tales)1973original scoredirected by Ants Kivirähk
Täheke (Starlet)1974original scoredirector/camera: J.Põldma
artistic design: R. Raidme
story by: S.E. Niit & R.A.Paistik
Värvipliiatsid (Coloured Pencils)1973original scoredirector/camera: A. Ilves
artistic design: R. Raidme
story by: S.T. Kall & R.A. Paistik
Original Music for Documentary Film Soundtracks
Enderby - valge maa (Enderby - White Land)1969original scoreTallinnfilm
written, filmed and directed by Andres Sööt & Mati Kasega
Evald Okas1964original scoreDirected by Virve Aruoja
Helin (Ringing)1972original scoreDirected by Olav Neuland
Inimeselt inimesele1972original scoreDirected by Rein Maran
Jäljed lumel (Tracks in the Snow)1978original scoredirector: Leida Laius
camera: A. Iho
story: Leida Laius, A. Iho
Jääriik (The Realm of Ice)1970original scoreTallinnfilm
director/camera A. Sööt & M. Kask
Kaugsõit (The Long Journey)1973original scoredirected by Andres Sööt, Mati Kask
Kolm portreed (Three Portraits)1972original scoredirected by Olav Neuland
Looduse hääled (Nature Sounds)1975original scoredirected by Rein Maran
Otsin luiteid (Searching for Dunes)1972original scoreDirected by Hans Roosipuu
Camera: H.Roosipuu, M.Kask, T.Kirdelaht, P.Tooming, A.Vilu
Reportaaz telefoniraamatu järgi (Journalism from the Telephone Directory)1966original scoreDirected by Virve Koppel/Mati Põldre
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Country: USA | Australia
Language: English | Italian
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Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
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Runtime: Spain:30 min
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Running time: 125 minutes
Language: French
MPAA rating: R
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Drei Sterne (2001) (Germany: working title)
Martha (2001) (Germany: working title)
Ricette d'amore (2002) (Italy)
Deliciosa Marta (Spain)

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Country: Italy / Germany / Austria / Switzerland
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MPAA rating: PG
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Language: Turkish
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Country: Austria
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Country: UK
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UK rating:18
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Country: UK
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Zeitgeist Films
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Country: Chile
Language: Spanish
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Format: 35mm, Black & White (1st half) and Color (2nd half)
Running time: 98 minutes
Language: French
Scheduled USA Theatrical Release Date: unknown
MPAA rating: unknown/UK rating: PG
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Country: Finland
Language: Finnish
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North American general release: June 25, 2004

Available on DVD

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Country: France
Language: French
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Language: Spanish
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Format: 35 mm, Color
Running time: 103 minutes
Language: English
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Grüningers Fall1997unknown 
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MPAA rating: unknown
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Other web links:
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Country: France
Length: 26 min
Company: Les Jours d'Octobre Films Production
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Released April, 2000 on VHS and DVD, both with widescreen format
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Scheduled USA Theatrical Release Date: unknown
MPAA rating: unknown (definitely would be R though)
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Language: English
Format: 35mm, color
MPAA rating: R
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Language: French
Format: 35mm, color
Scheduled USA Theatrical Release Date: unknown
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MPAA rating: unknown, UK rating:15
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official web site
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Available on Region 1 DVD as of early 2002

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Running time: 140 minutes
Language: English
Format: 35mm or 70mm, color
MPAA rating: PG
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Language: English - with some Russian
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MPAA rating: R
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Language: English
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Region 1 DVD (not available as Region 2) Label: New Line Home Video N5023 (ISBN 0-7806-3095-5)

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Original Air Date: 3 August 2004 (Season 17, Episode 6)
Genre: Documentary
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cinematography Nurith Aviv
producer Josef Aichholzer

95 mins, colour 4:3 (originally shot on 16mm) commercially available on VHS cassette
German with English subtitles

A film essay on the private and historical roots of a Viennese Jewish woman. Ruth Beckermann´s haunting journey through her own family´s history at the same time tells the story of Middle Europe´s Jews and of a region. It takes the viewer from Vienna to the landscapes that witnessed the persecution, extermination and the survival of Jews.

There is yet no definitive proof that this contains an original score by Arvo Pärt

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Director: Jay Rosenblatt
Promised Land2004Peace Upon You, Jerusalemdir. Amos Gitaï (Israel)
88 minutes, color
Not rated but would be NC-17
performers: Estonian Television Girl's Choir
conductor: Aarne Saluveer
Puits, Le1992unknownFinland
Format: 35 mm, Color
Length: 110 min
Directed by Pekka Lehto
Cast : Merja Larivaara, Auro Vihro, Liisamamaija Laaksonen
Written by Outi Nyytäjä
Cinematography by Esa Vuorinen
Music by Anssi Tikanmäki, Arvo Pärt
Produced by Kino Finlandia Oy, Film Teknik AB, Metronome Productions AS
Rachel River1987new orchestrations of Fratres and Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinushka + Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Fratres and Tabula Rasa from ECM 1275USA
90 minutes
Rated PG-13
directed by Sandy Smolan
written by Judith Guest
produced by Timothy Marx
cinematography by Paul Elliott

Available on video:
Academy Story Line #1445 (released 1992)
NTSC format, 4x3 picture ratio, Hi-Fi Mono sound

Reflexion 20012001Fratres for Strings and Percussion (I Fiamminghi)Recording Used: Fratres by I Fiamminghi - The Orchestra of Flanders
conducted by Rudolf Werthen
Country of origin: Sweden
Format: 35 mm, Color
Runtime: 7 minutes
Language: not applicable (film has no spoken dialogue)
Film direction and cinematography: Jan Troell
Repentence1987Tabula RasaUSSR
Running Time: 151 minutes
Director: Tenghiz Abuladze
Starring: Avtandil Makharadze, Zeinab Botssvadze
Language: Russian with English subtitles

This film focuses on the repression of the Stalin era and makes use of Fratres during a pivotal scene in the film.

Available on Region 1 DVD

Rituel de Fontainebleau, Le2000unknownDirector: Stéphane Marti
Country: France Length: 30 minutes
Rozmowa z czlowiekiem z szafy1993unknown 
Saenghwalui balgyeon2002Spiegel im spiegelAlso Known As:
On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002) (International: English title)
Turning Gate (2002) (International: English title)
Runtime: 115 min / Canada:115 min (Toronto Film Festival)
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Color: Color
Scent2007unknownRuntime 3 min
Country: Taiwan | USA
Silent Witness1994MiserereDirected by Harriet Wichin
Documentary on Dachau and Auschwitz, and how they should be preserved.
Site2002unknownDirector: Jason Kliot
Runtime: 8 min
Country: USA
Plot: A portrait of the faces of those that have visited the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster.
Smoke1996Sarah was Ninety Years Old, Für Alina and Spiegel Im spiegelStars: Niklas Ek and Sylvie Guillem
Film and Choreography by Mats Ek

Available on the PAL format VHS tape entitled "Evidentia" with 4 other dance films
Warner Music Vision 0630-15022-3

Sogni infranti1995unknownDirector: Marco Bellocchio
Writers:Marco Bellocchio (writer); Daniela Ceselli (writer)
Genre: Documentary

Using archival footage and interviews with ex-Red Brigade activists and the ex-leader of the Italian Marxist-Leninists, this documentary explores the topics terrorism and the "broken dream" of the communist revolution.

Soldados de Salamina2003Spiegel im spiegelDirected by David Trueba
Runtime: 112 min
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Swept Away2002Spiegel im spiegelDirector: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Guy Ritchie
Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity.
Runtime: 89 min
Country: UK | Italy
Language: English | Greek | Italian
Ten Minutes Older: The Cello2002Spiegel im Spiegel and an excerpt from TriviumUK/Germany
Format: 35mm, Color
Running time: 95 minutes
Language: English
Scheduled USA Theatrical Release Date: unknown
MPAA rating: unknown
Director: Jean-Luc Godard (on the segment titled "Dans le noir du temps" which is 1/8th of the film only, the entire film is in 8 segments by 8 different directors)
Terres froides, Les1999unknowntelevision movie
The Giant Buddhas2005Für AlinaDirector: Christian Frei
Für Alina from the album: Alina (ECM Records 1591, Alexander Malter: piano)
The Good Shepherd2006Litany, Salve Regina, Silouans SongDirector: Robert De Niro
Runtime: 167 min | Russia:139 min (cut version)
Country: USA
Language: English | Spanish | German | Russian
The List2009Für AlinaDirected by Philippe de Calan
There Will be Blood (aka Oil!)2007Fratres for Cello and Piano (I Fiamminghi)Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Runtime: 158 min
Country: USA
Language: English | American Sign Language
Thin Red Line, The1998Annum per annum (Hyperion recording)USA
170 minutes, Color
Released in 1999 on VHS and DVD, both with widescreen format, also regular VHS format.
Directed by Terrence Malick
Umoregi (The Buried Forest)2005Silouan's SongDirector: Kôhei Oguri
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Length: 93 minutes
Official site (Japanese language only)
Uprising2001Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, Fratres, Für Alina, Tabula RasaRecording Source: Sympho Inc. Studio Orchestra, Bratislava, Slovakia
Notes: USA TV (NBC)
Director: Jon Avnet
177 minutes/English/Color
Available on NTSC VHS and Region 1 DVD as of late 2001.
War Photographer2001Silouans Song from ECM 1505 (Te Deum), Psalom from ECM 1592 (Litany)Country of origin: Switzerland
Format: 35 mm, Color
Runtime: 96 minutes
Language: English and German (with English subtitles)
Film Producer / Director / Writer / Editor: Christian Frei
Cinematographer: Peter Indergand
Music Producer: Manfred Eicher
Other music by: Eleni Karaindrou & David Darling

IMDB Link for film director Christian Frei:,+Christian
Official Site for the film "War Photographer":

Available on Region 2 DVD currently (Jan. 2003) in Switzerland only.

Winterschläfer (Winter Sleepers)1997Fratres for violin and piano, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (both from ECM Tabula Rasa recording), Fratres for strings and percussion, Fratres for eight celli (both from Telarc I Fiamminghi Fratres recording)Germany
Directed by Tom Tykwer
122 minutes, Color

A review by Stephen Holden in the New York Times on March 17, 2000 mentions the use of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Available on NTSC and PAL format VHS tape and Region 1 DVD as of late 2001

Wisconsin Death Trip1999Summa, Tabula RasaUSA
Written and directed by James Marsh
Documentary, 76 minutes, Black & White and Color

A review by Stephen Holden in the New York Times on December 1, 1999 mentions the use of Arvo Pärt's music.

Additional Weblink:

Wit2001Spiegel im Spiegel (ECM Alina recording)USA TV (HBO)
Director: Mike Nichols
98 minutes/English/Color/PG-13
Available on NTSC VHS and Region 1 DVD as of late 2001.