Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival

Crescendo (with post-film discussion)

Expired March 7, 2021 3:00 AM
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When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression, or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists -- the Palestinian Layla and the Israeli Ron -- they form two parties who deeply distrust each other. Will Sporck succeed and enable the young people to forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert?

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, acclaimed filmmaker Dror Zahavi directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing "crescendo," increasing the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (Victoria) and Sabrina Amali (4 Blocks).

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    106 minutes
  • Language
    English, German
  • Country
    Germany
  • Director
    Dror Zahavi
  • Screenwriter
    Johannes Rotter and Dror Zahavi
  • Producer
    Alice Brauner
  • Co-Producer
    Marcus Machura, Thomas Reisser, Peter Trenkwalder, and Michael Zechbauer
  • Cast
    Peter Simonischek, Daniel Donskoy, Mehdi Meskar, Bibiana Beglau, Sabrina Amali, Hithram Omari
  • Cinematographer
    Gero Steffen
  • Editor
    Fritz Busse
  • Production Design
    Gabriele Wolff
  • Music
    Martin Stock