Captivating: Peter Simonischek (“Toni Erdmann”) plays the conductor of an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra established as a symbol of rapprochement.
Director: Dror Zahavi DE 2019, Berlin premiere, German/English/Hebrew/Arabic with German subtitles Production: CCC Filmkunst, Servus TV, MZ-Film, Filmvergnuegen, Niama Film GmbH, AVE Publishing Distribution: Camino Filmverleih, Berlin Cinematography: Gero Steffen Cast: Peter Simonischek, Daniel Donskoy, Mehdi Meskar, Sabrina Amali, Bibiana Beglau, Götz Otto
Renowned conductor Eduard Sporck (“Toni Erdmann” star Peter Simonischek) is to rehearse an orchestra performance with Israeli and Palestinian youths as a symbol of rapprochement in the peace negotiations. But can music transcend borders? The most varied voices from the ensemble are heard in this feature film, which intensifies in a slow, steady crescendo toward its moving finale. Inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Berlin producer Alice Brauner developed the idea. She is the daughter of legendary producer Artur Brauner (MORITURI, EUROPA EUROPA), who died at 100 in early July. A courageous and important film.
Filmfestival München 2019
THE AIRLIFT (TV) (DE 2005) FOR MY FATHER (DE/IL 2008) MEIN LEBEN – MARCEL REICH-RANICKI (TV, DE 2009) CIVIL COURAGE (TV, DE 2010) MÜNCHEN 72 – DAS ATTENTAT (TV, DE 2012) DAS JERUSALEM-SYNDROM (TV, DE 2013)
Dror Zahavi was born in Tel Aviv in 1959 and moved to the German Democratic Republic in 1982, where he studied directing at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen “Konrad Wolf.” His graduation film ALEXANDER PENN – ICH WILL SEIN IN ALLEM was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 1988. Zahavi lives in Berlin, where he mostly directs films for German TV. In 2008, he shot his first film production FOR MY FATHER about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.