dir. Dror Zahavi, producer Alice Brauner, Germany 2019, 102 min, drama
“Crescendo # makemusicnotwar”, directed by Dror Zahavi and produced by Alice Brauner.
Eminent conductor works hard to form Israeli-Palestinian orchestra. But young people lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – form two parties who deeply mistrust each other. Is it possible for them after experiences of bombings and occupation to forget about mutual hatred during weeks of rehearsals in Tyrolean Alps? Or maybe it's unexpected love not music that will hold the key to the peace? "Crescendo" rises to a tense and emotional finale.
Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (“Alexander Penn”, “Everything for my Father”) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, rising 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”). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film creators!