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The Peepul Tree - by Sonja Feldmeier

Project type

Filmmusic, Sound Design


2011 - 2019


Basel, Switzerland

Music and Sounddesign for the movie "The Peepul Tree" by Sonja Feldmeier

Travelling alone through Northern India, Sonia Feldmeier witnesses the spectacular felling of a tree: An ancient, holy PEEPUL TREE is being cut down by seven lumbermen using handsaws and axes. Over the course of several days, she films their undertaking. She is in the thick of the activity, the language barrier however impedes verbal communication. From this subjective experience she creates audio portraits, which provide each lumberjack with their own individual musical presence in the film.

vstudios created the music and sound design for the movie. The project took several years to complete and was one of the technically challenging projects to date. The final movie project had 396 audio and instrument tracks in one single project file, distributed over 4 computers simultaneously.

Vienna Shorts 2020, International competition, Welt Premiere, 2020
Delhi Shorts International Film Festival 2020, International competition and Indian Premiere (Special Mention)
Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media, International competition 2020, Team-Work-Award 2021 ex-aequo
Festival du Film court en Plein air de Grenoble, International competition, 2020
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, Alchimistes competition, 2020
Tamil Nadu Film Festival, International competition, 2020
BOGOSHORTS, Collections Competition 2020
Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, International competition, 2020
Tokyo International Short Film Festival, International competition, 2021
OFF – Odense International Film Festival, 2021
Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), 2021
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, 2021

Special Thanks to:

Sonja Feldmeier: Artist and Director
Stella Händler: Producer

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