Writer-Director Fin Manjoo is a South African filmmaker. In 2003 he graduated with an Honours Degree in Film from the University of Cape Town. Manjoo lived in many countries, expanding and maturing his understanding of the world, before jumping straight into a story project. The intention was to create deep, thought-provoking films for all people. His life and music research in Vienna, Austria is the groundwork for his debut film, Woodwind (2017).
Lead actor Leandro Taub (Bonifaz) has recently starred in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Poesía sin fin (2016) (English title: Endless Poetry). The Argentine is also preparing to direct his own film, The Dream of the Guest, having previously written seven books, six screenplays and composed over 40 songs. After Taub studied with Jnana Yogis in India, with Rabbis in Israel, shamans in Latin America, Buddhists in China and Nomads in Mongolia; Manjoo saw in this actor, his ideal selection for the mythological composer, Bonifaz.
Swiss cinematographer Nicolas Joray‘s body of work spans over four decades. He’s worked with Francesco Rosi and Pasqualino de Santis (Death in Venice), and was the DOP on many films such as The Yellow Star, Bye Bye Berlusconi! and Baltic Storm. Having shot around the world, including tough environments such as Chernobyl and with extensive experience in Africa, Joray proved to be a strong choice to work under testing conditions in the Himalayas, including picturesque settings similar to his home in the Swiss Alps.
In a film about a young composer’s personal and musical journey, Austrian composer Stefan Fraunberger was the choice due to his art with unconventional instruments such as dulcimers or baroque church organs. In his own words his music “reshapes the liminal conditions of culture & perception, while evoking images of sonic ambiguity.” His compositions mutate beyond the realm, “capturing otherworldly fragments and bewilderment.”
Fraunberger has developed his music from the Vienna music schools to Romania, Syria (before the war), Yemen, Central Asia, Iran, London, Belgium, Turkey, Pakistan and India. With Woodwind telling us how the power of natural sound transforms our sense of reality, it was essential for Fraunberger to not only compose music, but also design the psychological soundscapes in Bonifaz’s world.
American actress Jasmin Jandreau won Best Actress at the 2013 Breckenridge International Film Festival and the 2014 Texas Attic Film Festival in Austin, for the film The Trail. Having studied singing, dance, ballet and acting, Jandreau has acted in a number of features in Europe and America, and will star in the new screen adaptation of Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights as Catherine Earnshaw. In Woodwind Jandreau plays Agna, the woman who inspires Bonifaz to make his first big leap to travel to India.
Germany based actress Andrea Christina Furrer also hails from a ballet, singing and drama background, boasting dozens of performances from theatre to television in Europe. She played Maria in the theatre version of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Offret (Sacrifice), where she won the Ingmar Bergman Scholarship. Next she will be the lead character in Tragači (2017). Now in Woodwind she plays Bonifaz’s other half, Alina.