In 2010 Selma Mutal composed the soundtrack for 'UNDERTOW' (Contracorriente) directed by Javier Fuentes-León that received various awards among them the World Cinema Audience Award for Best Film at the 2011 Sundance Festival and Best Original Soundtrack Award at the International Film Festival of Annonay, (France). Her collaboration with Fuentes-León continued on a second feature film, 'THE VANISHED ELEPHANT' (El Elefante Desaparecido) that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.
In 2012, Selma Mutal composed the music for 'BURDEN OF SILENCE' directed by filmmaker Tod Lending (Legacy). In 2013 she scored Tod Lending's short film 'VEZO' that received the Sundance Institute/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award (2014).
Since 2007, Selma Mutal collaborates with ‘CEZAME MUSIC AGENCY’ (Frédéric Leibovitz Éditeur) that has also produced Mutal's original soundtracks 'Undertow' and 'The Vanished Elephant'.
Presently she is working on the score for 'PRISON' directed by Violeta Ayala, (Stolen)
In 2013 the International Film Festival of Aubagne (France), commissioned her to direct the Master Class on Film Composition culminating in a live performance during the festival's closing ceremony. Selma Mutal lives and works in Paris.
Par Pola Rapaport - Director of documentary film : Nadia Comaneci
Selma Mutal was wonderful to work with. She is a lovely person, and her work is deep and unusual. I found pieces of hers that were very appropriate for the atmosphere of Communist romania, which was the setting of my documentary.
Selma understood very well what was needed and was able to create new pieces that worked very well. I also used many of her existing pieces that were beautiful.
Working with Fabien Bermant and Cezame was absolutely a delight and I would be happy to do it again.
They also were very cognizant of budget and delivering music on time for our schedule.
Both Fabien and Selma speak perfect English and that was a great help to me.
By Javier Fuentes-Leon - Director
Collaborating with Selma in the music for my films has always been a wonderful and enriching experience. Not only is she an extremely talented composer who is constantly searching for the best way to enhance the story, even if that requires long hours of work and experimentation, but also a passionate storyteller who uses music in a very elegant and cinematic way. For Selma, music is not an accompaniment to the film, but an intricate part of the story and cinematic experience, and so she's always extremely careful of finding the right melody, the right tone and sound, the right arrangement and the right moment and place for it... and she's not afraid of the amount of work it will take to get there. You know you are in great hands, when a composer is willing to scratch their composition, no matter how beautiful, for the sake of the story. Many times, after composing a great piece, Selma has told me: "I think we need silence here". And she's been right every time. Selma has a beautiful musical sensibility and an impressive range in her composition skills. Proof of that are the wildly distinct and diverse scores she's composed for my two films. She's as comfortable with classical instruments as she is with the new technology, and she's able to adapt very well to different music styles and film genres. Selma gets involved in the process very early on, which is greatly appreciated, but not very common when it comes to composers. She reads the script many times and is always up for discussing the story, the characters and the musical direction. She's always eager to receive any material related to the film that might be a source of inspiration, whether it is a photo of the location, a prop or the name of a potential actress. She starts composing and writing down ideas way before the film is shot, so by the time you are ready to shoot, you already have a feeling of how your film could sound musically, and that is very inspiring to me. Finally, Selma is a pleasure to work with. A beautiful human being who is not only the composer of my films, but who has become a dear friend. She's been one of the most beautiful discoveries I've made since I started making films.