The Italian Character

The Italian Character  {Il Carattere Italiano}
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The Italian Character
Il Carattere Italiano
Germany, 2013, 100 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Italy
US Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary
Program: True Stories
Language: English English Sub-Titles

Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia may be among the world’s least hyped musical stars. Although it appears on the “10 Best Orchestras in the World” list published by Classic FM magazine – the only Italian orchestra so honored – it lacks the renown of such orchestras as Vienna’s, London’s, or Chicago’s. Nonetheless, to those in the know, and this includes the world’s top musicians and conductors, the Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is special. But what makes it so?

Director Angelo Bozzolini dives deep to give us insights into the lives, motivations, anxieties and triumphs of several members of the orchestra and its charismatic and brilliant conductor Antonio Pappano. We see them rehearse, travel and reflect on what they do and are able to achieve collectively through the transformational act of performance. Guest appearances, both live and in archival footage, include such musical heavyweights as Yuri Temirkanov, James Conlon and Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Evgeny Kissin, Stefano Bollani, and Lang Lang.

What makes the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia unique? See – and hear – for yourself.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Angelo Bozzolini
Producer: Alessandro Melazzini
Editor: Paolo Turla
Screenwriter: Angelo Bozzolini
Cinematographer: Lorenzo Scurati
Principal Cast: Antonio Pappano, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Yuri Temirkanov, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Janine Jansen, Lisa Batiashvili, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev, Stefano Bollani, Lang Lang
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Alpenway Media Production GmbH

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