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Director Kasper Holten on adapting Mozart's DON GIOVANNI (JUAN) for the screen

Director Kasper Holten discusses the origins of his film adaptation of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI (JUAN), and the decision to have the performers sing live on set. The full interview can be seen on the DVD DON GIOVANNI (JUAN), released in the UK and Ireland.

 

The debut feature film of leading opera director Kasper Holten (Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), DON GIOVANNI (JUAN) retells Mozart's classical masterpiece as a story of the modern man's escape from himself and his demons.

Juan (Christopher Maltman) is a famous artist and notorious playboy, thanks to his ability to become just what any woman dreams of. He turns his own life into a megalomanic work of art, playing the game of seduction like no other, driven by a manic restlessness that pushes him forward through an endless stream of conquests, betrayals, sex and eventually murder, with death lurking as the only possible outcome.

Every scene and detail has been adapted to make full use of the visual vocabulary of modern cinema, following such unorthodox inspirational sources as The Bourne Trilogy and Traffic, while at the same time maintaining the exceptional live experience of opera, since the actors really sing on set.

DON GIOVANNI (JUAN) is available on DVD and VOD through AX1 Films.