Mozart’s Sister

Mozart’s Sister  {Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart}
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Mozart’s Sister
Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart
France, 2010, 115 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Dance/Music, Drama, History, Performance, Women
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

A treat for classical music lovers and cinephiles alike, this lively, fascinating costume drama rescues Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s talented older sister Nannerl from the dustbins of history. Beginning in 1763, it follows the Mozart family’s exhausting life on the road, traveling by coach from one royal court to the next, where the nobility marvel at young Wolfgang’s prodigious talent.

But accomplished singer, harpsichordist, violinist Nannerl, Wolfgang's elder by five years, first held forth as the family's infant prodigy. At the film begins, she is still performing, though overshadowed and sidelined as accompanist by Wolfgang's growing fame. Her father bows to social strictures "for her own good," refusing to let her continue with the violin or compose, while privately conceding Nannerl's talent to his wife. No longer a precocious tot, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed by her gender and frets about her prospects. A fictionalized (but entirely plausible) encounter with two of the French King Louis XV’s children nurtures her options as both musician and woman. Boasting stunning production values and ethereal music, the film is a treat for the eyes and ears. Mozart fans should also check out our screening of Juan, an updated version of Wolfgang’s opera Don Giovanni.

DIRECTOR: René Féret
Producer: Fabienne Féret, René Féret
Editor: Fabienne Féret
Screenwriter: René Féret
Cinematographer: Benjamin Echazarreta
Music: Marie-Jeanne Serero
Principal Cast: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau, Clovis Fouin, Lisa Féret
Filmography: Bapteme (1989), Alexina (1985), Solemn Communion (1977), The Story of Paul (1975)
Print Source: Palisades Tartan -

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