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Stage Light – Stage Fright

Interviewpartners: Hélène Grimaud, Anne-Sofie von Otter, Lars Vogt, Sir Peter Jonas, Dr. Boris Kleber…

The life of an orchestra musician is marvelous. Mozart, Schubert and Strauss surround you. All day long you hear beautiful music. What other people pay a lot of money for, you get paid to do. You are gifted, you bring joy into people’s lives, everybody loves you. And chances are high, you are an alcoholic, lonely, and burnt out. Musicians have the third most stressful profession worldwide topped only by air traffic controllers and emergency room doctors. Their working hours are antisocial, their lives lonesome. And work demands from them constant negotiating with something, some of them need in order to perform and others have to fight in order to perform. Never before has a film dealt with this terrible curse in all of its facets. We will also use a certain amount of tongue in cheek. Yet the blight remains painful for those who suffer from it. It is hard to live with and even harder to overcome.


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52 mins
Marieke Schroeder
Pars Media, EuroArts, SWR, SVT, SF
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