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Born in 1972, Grégoire Hetzel studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, where his studies ranged from harmony and music history to musical analysis, esthetics, and beyond. In 1999, alongside Phil Glass, Steve Reich, and John Adams, but also Slavic composers like Pärt and Gorecki, Hetzel found his esthetic bearings. In 2001, he composed his first score for a feature-length film (Mathieu Amalric’s Wimbledon Stadium). Since then, Hetzel has written music for numerous films and directors including Arnaud Desplechin (Kings & Queen, A Christmas Tale), the Israelis Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (Meduzot, 2007), Julie Bertuccelli (The Tree, 2010 Cannes official selection), and the Canadian Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Venice Mostra selection and 2011 Oscar nomination). Most of Grégoire Hetzel’s music is recorded by the London Sinfonia Orchestra or by soloists such as violinists Renaud Capuçon, Aki Saulière, Sarah Nemtanu and Matthew Trusler, and cellists Gauthier Capuçon and Vincent Ségal. Strongly influenced by the generation of post-modern American composers, Hetzel works with circular, iterative forms and with “impure” content, as in The Fall of Fukuyama, where he uses excerpts taken from media recordings and news channels. Grégoire Hetzel is also the author of a novel, The Green Paradise (Gallimard, 2002).

Librettist and video-artist

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Born in 1976, Camille de Toledo is a writer. Camille studied in London, at the London School of Economics, and then in New York. At the Éditions Verticales, he published The Inversion of Hieronymus Bosch (2005) and Lives and Death of an American Terrorist (2007), both part of a Romanesque tetralogy dealing with reproduction, ersatz, and the duplication of the world. In 2004, Camille won the Villa Medicis scholarship for his literary and video work. His books are translated in Germany, Spain, and the United States. Camille de Toledo is also the author of three esthetic and political essays of which Le Hêtre et le Bouleau, Essay on European Sadness (Le Seuil, 2009). His work, situated in the in-between of languages, borrows from several genres: poem, song, and novel, and constantly poses questions of the passage between the 20th and 21st centuries. To qualify his different writings, Camille de Toledo often speaks of an esthétique du vertige, “an esthetics of vertigo”… In 2011, Camille published Vies pøtentielles (Le Seuil), a Talmudic and fragmented novel where strong links to transmission are affirmed. One year later, L’inquiétude d’être au monde (Verdier, 2012), a 60-page poem on the Utoya massacre, appeared. In his work as a photographer and videographer, Camille de Toledo explores the “strata” of images and fictions from which an often pictorial form is unearthed. His short film, Tango de Olvido, was selected for the 2002 Cannes Festival in the court-métrage category. His experimental videos (“cinéma pauvre” series) were presented at the Femis Festival (2008) and at the Ménagerie de Verre (2012). Camille currently lives in Berlin. He is the father of three children.