Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.
Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Uno Helmersson‘s original score truly mirrored the loss felt throughout the film.
“When I wrote the music, I tried to get close to Amid’s feelings when he tells his story. Listening to his voice, you can sense a deep agony and the heavy burden he has carried with him all these years, as well as his relief letting it all out. It is like waves, emotional waves. I liked to use this analogy for my compositions.” Helmersson added, “The music is subtle and detailed with a lot of textures. It moves subtly between emotional sincerity and the big story about being human, life, and the wheel of fortune.
“I felt it was important to balance the animated material with an organic, emotionally driven and minimalistic score. The combination of woodwinds, strings, voices, old folk instruments such as key harp, together with baroque instruments like Viola da Gamba, as well as electronic soundscapes and synthesisers melded together into what became the score for Flee.”-Uno Helmersson
Flee has already won numerous awards including most recently a leading seven Cinema Eye Honors 2021 nominations including Outstanding Original Score for Uno Helmersson. Other major honors include Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema – Documentary, Official Selection for Cannes Film Festival, and Best Feature and Best Original Score at Annecy International Animated Film Festival as well as many other accolades.