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Make music not war

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann)  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 emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

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. (Source: Menemsha Films)

"Director Dror Zahavi brings us a gripping, clear-eyed drama imbued with hope for understanding, humanity, and peace"- The Lincoln Center

"Crescendo will truly will truly move some audiences"- Leonardo Quart, The Berkshire Edge

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Directed by: 
Dror Zahavi
Running Time: 
102 minutes
German (with English subtitles)
Götz Otto
Peter Simonischek
Daniel Donskoy
Bibiana Beglau
Screenplay by: 
Stephen Glantz
Markus Rosenmüller
Dror Zahavi

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