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Bernadette Wegenstein

The Conductor

4.68/5
Sound and Vision 90' - 2021 - Biography, Documentary, Music/Musical - Dialogue: English - Format: DCP
Director: Bernadette Wegenstein With: Marin Alsop

The prejudices she had to conquer to make it as conductor, but also her generosity and vision on music; it's all in this documentary about the first female Maestra.

Sun 17 Oct
14:30
Kinepolis 8
Mon 18 Oct
21:45
Studio Skoop 1
Fri 22 Oct
14:30
Studio Skoop 1
Marin Alsop is a woman of firsts. She was the first (and only) conductor to receive a MacArthur Award. Marin became the first female to be appointed as music director of a major symphony, the first female music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the first woman to conduct the BBC’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’. In 2020, Marin became the first woman ever appointed as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and speculation in music circles suggests that she’s on track to become the first woman to conduct the prestigious Vienna New Year’s Concert.
Born into a musical family in New York, Marin set her sights on becoming a conductor at just nine years old while accompanying her father to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts. Her journey to professional success was neither easy nor straightforward, however at a time when, according to NYT reporter Michael Cooper, “it was easier for a female to become a leader of a G5 nation or a Five Star General than to become a conductor of a major symphony.” Despite being told “being told “girls can’t do that” and being repeatedly rejected by the establishment of classical music,” Marin Alsop persisted and never let go of her dream of becoming a conductor. And now, as she says, “Look at me, I’m doing it!”
Set to a breathtaking soundtrack of her performances, The Conductor tells Marin’s story through a combination of intimate interviews and shared professional and private moments, encounters with musicians and cognoscenti in the music world, unseen archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein, and Vérité scenes of Marin conducting some of the world’s great orchestras and teaching the next wave of conductors who, like her, were being excluded from the classical music canon. (Cargo Film & Releasing)
“The steely determination Marin Alsop needed to break the highest glass ceilings in classical music - ‘Girls can’t do that’ - comes through more than anything else in this approved bio-doc that’s full of rare photographs, memorabilia and footage, much probably from her personal archive.” - MavensNest

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Credits

Director

Bernadette Wegenstein

With

Marin Alsop

Scenario

Stefan Fauland, Bernadette Wegenstein

Director of Photography

John Benam, Shana Hagan, Judith Benedikt

Editor

Stefan Fauland

Producer

Annette Porter

Soundtrack

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United States of America

Year

2021

Filmography

Bernadette Wegenstein
Made Over in America (2007), See You Soon Again (2011), The Good Breast (2016)

Technical Specs

Format
DCP

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