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Wild Bunch - THE CONCERT

Radu Mihaileanu

THE CONCERT

LE CONCERT

Status: Completed

Director(s): Radu Mihaileanu

Short synopsis : Former Bolshoi Orchestra conductor Andrei rounds up his old musician buddies, a motley, crazy bunch. They’re headed for Paris as the Bolshoi, to defy fate and take their revenge!

Long synopsis : Andreï Filipov was a prodigy – the celebrated conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra, the greatest orchestra in Russia. Today, aged 50, he still works at the Bolshoi, but as a cleaner. During the communist era, he was fired at the height of his fame for refusing to get rid of all his Jewish players, – ‘Zionists and enemies of the People’ – including his best friend Sacha Grossman. Andreï sank into booze and depression. The Director of the Bolshoi, an old apparatchik, has been promising forever to return Andreï’s orchestra to him “soon”, but he’s mocking him, humiliating him sadistically. For him, Andreï’s a has-been, and he’s doing him a big favour by keeping him on as a cleaner. Then Andreï finds a fax inviting the orchestra to play at Pleyel, in Paris, in two weeks’ time, as a last minute replacement for the indisposed San Francisco Philharmonic. Andreï conceives of a crazy notion: he’ll round up his old musician buddies, a motley bunch now scraping a living in Moscow as cab drivers, removal men, flea market traders, suppliers of porno film sound effects… They’ll go to Paris as the Bolshoi. They’ll defy destiny and take their revenge! Will they make it?

Cast

  • Aleksey Guskov, Dmitriy Nazarov, Mélanie Laurent, François Berléand, Miou-Miou, Valeriy Barinov

Crew

  • Producer(s): Alain Attal, Michael Blakey
  • Director(s): Radu Mihaileanu
  • Screenplay: Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc
  • DP: Laurent Dailland
  • Editing: Ludo Troch
  • Original Music: Armand Amar
  • Set Design: Christian Niculescu, Stanislas Reydellet
  • Original Title: LE CONCERT
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Music, Romance

  • Production company: PRODUCTIONS DU TRESOR (LES)
  • Production date: 2009
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 119 min
  • Rome International Film Festival 2009
  • César Awards 2010
    Award(s) : Best Music Written for a Film, Best Sound
  • Golden Globes 2011 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Foreign Language Film
  • European Film Awards 2010 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Screenwriter
  • CINEMANIA French Film Festival 2009
    Award(s) : Audience Award
  • COLCOA 2010
  • Moscow International Film Festival 2010
  • JeonJu International Film Festival 2010
  • Norwegian Film Festival Haugesund 2010

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