The Conductor / Dyrygent
Poland 1979

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directed by Andrzej Wajda, psychological drama, 102 min, eng subtitles written by Andrzej Kijowski
with Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Seweryn, John Gielgud

Sunday 9.10.2016 - 15.30, Neimënster (Salle Krieps)

The dramatic story of three people, for whom music is their lifelong fascination. A young violinist called Marta, studying on a grant in New York, meets John Lasocki – a famous orchestra conductor, who many years before had a deep affection for Marta's mother. The old memories come pouring back to Lasocki. He decides to go to Poland, to Marta's home town, to conduct a local orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The orchestra's conductor is Marta's husband, Adam, who sees a great chance for himself with the visit of the great master. At the same time, however, he is afraid of a confrontation with an artist of such considerable stature. In time, Adam notices the fascination Lasocki has for Marta, as well as his modesty, kindness and deep understanding of music. As a result, a sense of vague insecurity and jealousy start creeping into Adam's life, that little by little develop into envy, aggression, and even hysterics.

Berlin IFF 1980 (Silver Bear for Andrzej Seweryn)
San Sebastian IFF 1980 (FIPRESCI Award, Basque Cultural Society's Award, OCIC Award)
Belgrade FEST IFF 1981 (Grand Prize)

John Lasocki, un chef d'orchestre célèbre revient en Pologne pour diriger un orchestre local et retrouver Marta, une jeune violoniste. John était autrefois amoureux de la mère de Marta et les vieux souvenirs revivent dans son cœur, ce qui perturbe la vie de Marta et de son mari. Son mari, également chef d'orchestre est progressivement envahi par un mélange d'admiration de jalousie et d'agressivité. L'histoire dramatique de trois personnes, pour qui la musique est devenue leur fascination. Ingmar Bergman citait ce film parmi ses 11 films préférés.

Berlin IFF 1980 (Ours d'argent pour Andrzej Seweryn)
San Sebastian IFF 1980 (FIPRESCI Prix, Prix culturelle de Basque Société, OCIC Prix)
Belgrade FEST IFF 1981 (Grand Prize)