Amazing onscreen feats gave way to Carnegie Hall artistry during Tuesday night’s reception for “Together” in that famed Gotham music venue. Chuanyun Li gave a jaw-dropping violin performance following UA’s unspooling of “Together,” an appropriately music-drenched pic.
Helmer Chen Kaige said the pic was inspired by the Cultural Revolution in China, noting that “everything was taken away, including the classical music records,” in the upheaval.
“A friend came to me and said, ‘I still have some records, do you want to listen to them?’ It was very hard for me to do that, but I said why not? We were all very depressed and the music brought back the hope and the dignity,” he said. “We became very strong after that. I want to use this movie, the music, to address the social change in China, some for good and some for bad.”
Also present from the film was music producer David Franco, UA’s veepee of production and acquisition Jack Turner, plus guests Darren Aronofsky, David Denby and composer Michael Torke.