Prisoners Soundtrack CD released on Watertower Music

WaterTower Music has announced the release of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack to the Alcon Entertainment thriller “Prisoners,” a Warner Bros. Pictures’ release starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”), and directed by Denis Villeneuve. The album will be available at all digital retailers, and a CD will be made available through

A vinyl edition of the album will be available through NTOV/Cobraside in early November.

“Prisoners” topped the US box office in its first weekend and has been acclaimed by critics. The score has received its fair share of plaudits:

Associated Press: “Even the moody music by Icelandic composer Johan Johannsson will make you shiver. Just try getting it out
of your head as you leave the theater.”

Filmmmusicmag: “Prisoners” is certainly one of the more interesting scores to appear since Johnny Greenwood’s brilliantly bizarre “There Will Be Blood,” while doing far less – if that’s even possible – a score that communicates riveting ideas with the most deceptively minimal of efforts – It’s “art” music that just happens to be a film score, and pretty much completely outside of the box in a cool Icelandic way.”

János Szász’s Le Grand Cahier takes home “Grand Prix” at Karlovy Vary IFF

legrandcahierLe Grand Cahier – which heavily features Jóhann’s music – won the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s “Grand Prix” award recently.

Le Grand Cahier (in English, The Notebook) is Hungarian director János Szász’s adaptation of Agota Kristof’s French-language best-seller of the same title. The story is about two thirteen-year-old twin brothers who are forced to shack up with their evil, country-bumpkin grandmother during World War II.

Click here to see all the winners of this year’s Karlovy Vary IFF, and here to read a review of Le Grand Cahier from The Hollywood Reporter.