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Bille August

A Song For Martin (En sång för Martin)

Edition 2001
117' - 2001 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Swedish
Director: Bille August Composer: Stefan Nilsson With: Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson, Lisa Werlinder
Barbara Hartman plays the first violin in a symphonic orchestra. Martin Fischer is a composer and conductor. They are both married and have grown-up children. During the rehearsals of Martin's latest symphony they fall deeply in love and break out of their marriages. Especially Barbara has to pay a price as her son renounces her, whereas her daughter tries to understand and accept. Barbara and Martin's home becomes a natural meeting place for their children and grandchildren, and with his authority and joie de vivre Martin becomes the centre of the family. During Martin's work on a new opera he suddenly becomes forgetful and confused. At first Barbara puts it down to stress and a heavy workload, but soon new symptoms occur and Martin's diagnose is Alzheimer. Martin slides into a world where he is alienated from the earlier well-known surroundings and persons. As he enters a world of his own and literally fights all the people who care for him, Barbara is pushed to the very limit of her love. (press kit)

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Bille August


Stefan Nilsson


Sven Wollter, Viveka Seldahl, Reine Brynolfsson, Lisa Werlinder


Bille August

Director of Photography

Jörgen Persson


Janus Billeskov Jansen


Lars Kolwig, Michael Obel

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Countries of production

Denmark, Germany, Sweden

Screenplay based on

En sång för Martin (Ulla Isaksson)



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