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Conductors - Every Movement Counts

Conductors - Every Movement Counts

Deutschland 2015

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Genre:Documentary
Regie:Götz Schauder
Kinostart:28.01.2016
Produktionsland:Deutschland 2015
Laufzeit:Ca. 84 min.
FSK:From 0 years
Webseite:www.mindjazz-pictures.de
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Since 2002, the Alte Oper Frankfurt has held an international conductor competition every two years dedicated to the conductor Sir Georg Solti, who died in 1997. Young up-and-coming conductors will face a jury of experts to make the hard way to the finals. The winner will receive prize money of 15,000 euros, the runner-up 10,000 euros and the third 5,000 euros. In addition, the winners of first and second place will be able to conduct the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the hr Symphony Orchestra and other German and international orchestras. So far, the renowned competition has taken place seven times. Filmmaker Götz Schauder accompanied the fourth competition in 2008 with his camera.

"Dirigenten - Jede Bewegung zählt" observes five of the 24 participants from their arrival in Frankfurt through the preliminary rounds to the final. They are very different protagonists, such as Alondra de la Parra from New York, who is already a celebrated conductor in America and who also wants to achieve a breakthrough in Europe with her participation. Or Aziz Shokhakimov from Uzbekistan, who, at just twenty years of age, wants to prove that he is one of the great up-and-coming conductors. He has to hold his own against Englishman James Lowe, German Andreas Hotz and Japanese Shizuo Z Kuwahara. The latter has a very special effect on the jury and orchestra, conducting not with the baton, but only with his hands.

With the help of these protagonists, the film lets the audience feel the emotional highs and lows, the enormous pressure that weighs on the participants and the joy of reaching the next round as well as the disappointment of being eliminated. At the same time, however, one can also look over the shoulder of the jury in its decision-making processes, which is no less interesting. Thus, especially in the first hour, a really thrilling insight into the competition emerges, in which the viewer develops a completely new respect for the conductor's profession.

While the film takes quite a lot of time to introduce the portrayed participants and to accompany the preliminary rounds, the finale is ticked off a bit too quickly. If you don't pay attention for just a moment, you won't really know who actually won. So one of the possible emotional highlights is almost not used at all. That's a bit of a pity, because at this point you're really feverish with the finalists. One would have wished for more than a rather casual check of the big decision. Nevertheless, "Dirigenten - Jede Bewegung zählt" is an entertaining and interesting documentary that can be recommended not only to lovers of classical orchestral music. Worth seeing

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