It certainly wasn’t the most exciting year ever in the soundtrack world, but 2018 was at least the year that musicians-turned-composers really got to shine. From Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Arcade Fire’s Colin Stetson, to Jóhann Jóhannsson’s… Jóhann Jóhannsson and… Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, here are my personal picks for soundtracks of the year. Keep in mind, this list only includes original film scores released in the year 2018. Scroll down for the Spotify playlist. Enjoy!
I’m well aware that this list is coming a little late, but better late than never. As usual, this one covers my top picks for titles released in the Czech Republic during 2018, which also includes festival screenings and those released on streaming services like Netflix. So unfortunately, The Favourite is not here (it was just released and you should definitely go and see it) and Suspiria is not here either (if it was, then it would probably be close to the top). Nevertheless, there were some impressive films that popped up in our little country last year, and some of them we even saw before the rest of the world.
Belarus’ Oscar submission Crystal Swan is a charming film that captures the irony and frustration of post-communist youth. Both empowering and amusing, this is something you should definitely see at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this week.
What makes Rafiki a rather groundbreaking film is its ability to breathe new life into your stereotypical queer drama through a change of scenery and political statements.
The Prague International Film Festival aka Febiofest will celebrate a landmark 25 years this year with a class selection of new films, as well as some golden oldies. In addition to the festival’s epic programme, there will also be workshops, masterclasses and a host of other noteworthy events. Tickets and passes are now on sale.
The Scandi Film Festival brings us the best of modern and classic Scandinavian cinema and this year, proudly boasts three classic Ingmar Bergman films to celebrate the great Swedish auteur’s would be 100th birthday.
Monte starts off as an intriguing family drama but soon descends into self-parody and just pure silliness.
Renowned contemporary film composer Clint Mansell will have a concert presented by Film Music Prague next April.
Prague’s Kino Aero will screen new films The Shape of Water and Star Wars: The Last Jedi on New Year’s Eve this year.
Both Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter) have recently been spotted in downtown Prague after joining the production of Ophelia, currently being filmed in Prague.