The World premiere of the born piece at the Soundtrack Stars Award ceremony of the 70th Venice Film Festival.


After her debut at Venice Film Festival for the 66th edition with legendary Hollywood photographer Douglas Kirkland, the Canadian International artist Erika Lemay, creator of Physical Poetry, returns to the Festival with a new creation to open the award ceremony of  the prestigious Soundtrack Stars Award.

In the performance held at Spazio Cinecittà Luce of Hotel Excelsior, Erika Lemay has interpreted, dancing on her hands, the theme of a famous soundtrack, performed live by the award-winning musician Russian-Latvian Maxim Beitan, pupil of the famous Ivo Pogorelich, Johannes Goritzki and cellist Natalia Gutman.

Video of the performance presented for this event

At its purest state, this piece features Erika's fragile, yet powerful body, moving only to the sound of Maxim Beitan's cello.

An homage to one of the most beautiful  song of a movie soundtrack ever created...





Erika Lemay & Maxim Beitan

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We people are born in different places, with different opportunities and realities but ultimately, the beginning and the end of the journey will be the same for everyone. What matters is what we choose to do with the precious time we are given in between those two life events. 

 The performance was attended, also by Ryiuchi Sakamoto (seated in first row) who later received the Career Award, that was given last year to Ennio Morricone.

Erika Lemay and Maxim Beitan chose in their own path, that their Art and passion would be a meaning of inspiration to their lives. Guided by one of the most beautiful soundtrack music ever written, they united their talent to create what they HOPE will give the ones to witness it a moment of inner peace.

In a world where human beings too often make use of their power to commit atrocity on one another, the story of Oskar Schindler reminds us that one’s true commitment can change not only the lives of many but the course of history.


Press Coverage

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Et le message, qui tresse cette fragilité capable de se dépasser jusqu’à ce qu’elle touche l’expression pure de l’existence, juxtaposée à la poignante citation sonore, est cet “Espoir” que l’art peut avoir la capacité d’éveiller en unissant musique et image: nos yeux s’écarquillent pendant que les notes nous traversent le corps et purifient les blessures intérieures. Et on s’abandonne à l’émerveillement.
— Loudvision.it

Loudvision article (Italian language) 

Mila Anufrieva press coverage (Russian language)

The event

SOUNDTRACK STARS is an idea of Free Event that collaboration with Cinecittà Luce- aims to reward all producers and artists with their talents contribute to making an unforgettable film .

To 70. Venice International Film Festival , the jury was composed of 5 professionals in the field of music and film including the singer / actor Cesare Cremonini, the journalist / music critic Republic Gino Castaldo , Christian Paterno, Laura Delli Colli, chaired by the director Giuliano Montaldo , who decreed the best soundtrack of the films in competition in the Official Selection. 

Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto receiving his prize
photo courtesy : tiwi_FREE EVENT

Special Award Sakamoto

The organization has chosen to reward com Best Artist Contemporary Master Ryuichi Sakamoto “A model of genius that inspired many talents of all artistic disciplines, and moreover for his humanity for his unwavering commitment to peace and ecology”




Special prize for “Best contemporary Artist” to Ryuichi Sakamoto

The jury of the Soundtrack Stars chaired by Giuliano Montaldo and composed by Cesare Cremonini, Laura Delli Colli (President of the Syndicate of Film Journalists), Gino Castaldo (La Repubblica journalist), Cristiana Paternò (film critic and Deputy Director of CinecittàNews and 8 e 1/2) has awarded the italian movie “Via Castellana Bandiera” of Emma Dante, with a special mention to the Mancuso Brothers.

A special prize has been delivered to Ryuichi Sakamoto as “Best Contemporary Artist”.

During the ceremony Erika Lemay, circus artist, danced on her hands the theme of a famous soundtrack, played live by the Russian-Latvian musician Maxim Beitan, a pupil of the famous Ivo Pogorelich.

The Soundtrack Stars Award is produced and designed by Free Event, with the collaboration of the Institute
Cinecittà Luce and the patronage of MIBAC and SIAE.

The award, according to the age-old technique of Murano glass from
Berengo Studio 1989 recalls the five staff lines with white colors
alternating black and vertically as a tribute to the piano keys, the main instrument of all
melodic compositions. The special design of the prize and was designed to remember the Lion
winged symbol of the city of Venice and the first film festivals in the world, and the typical comb
iron bow (in Venetian fierce as proof or dolfin) of the gondolas.

Partner Soundtrack Stars: La Repubblica and Spotify
Technical Partner TIWI, Ongaro e Fuga