2009 | France | Black & White | 91 min.
Based on the novel Chemin Venel by Martine Chevalier, the film combines music and dance to tell the story of Nelly, the daughter of a respected Geneva family who pursues her career as a singer while raising her daughter. During a tour of Budapest, the Gestapo arrests her loyal accompanist, Marcelle. Nelly decides to follow her, and both are sent to the labor camp at Rechlin. There, Marcelle?s mental and physical health deteriorates rapidly. Nelly asks to meet with the new commander of the camp in order to improve the conditions for her pianist. The man is a music lover. He asks Nelly and Marcelle to perform a Lied for him every day at a specific hour. It is 1944, the end of the war is near, and this daily ritual will coincide with the collapse of Germany.
Direction: Dupeyron, François
Script: Chevalier, Martine | Dupeyron, François
Production: Landron, Franck | Marie Blanchard, Jean
Production Company: Les Films En Hiver Le Grand Théâtre De Genève
Photography: Angelo, Yes
Edition: Faysse, Dominique
Sound: Gamet, Pierre
Music: Robert Schumann &, Hugo Wolf, | Schubert, Franz
Cast: Brieger, Nicolás | Chappuis, Marie-claude | Petcheniouk, Inna
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Films by the same director presented at FICM:
My Soul Healed by You (2013)