Films

Trip to Asia

Director: Thomas Grube

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  2008

Berlin Award

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Synopsis

Documenting THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’s tour of Asia, including their first performance in China since 1979, THOMAS GRUBE’s extraordinary film offers privileged access to one of the world’s premiere orchestras and the 126 musicians — all masters of their craft — that make up this unique self governing institution.

Rehearsing and performing challenging pieces by Strauss, Beethoven and Thomas Adès’, TRIP TO ASIA is also an exploration of what it is like to be a member of a world renowned orchestra, from the point of view of seasoned veterans, probationers and, leading them all, the charismatic SIR SIMON RATTLE. The fragility of egos, the pain of insecurity and the nervousness of awaiting acceptance by the group are balanced against the thrill of being a part of history and the rare opportunity of transcending the performing environment and achieving a vital moment of grace through music.

An extraordinarily insightful and thrilling film, TRIP TO ASIA is above all else a celebration of music and the musicians who perform it.

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Cast

Starring:  Sir Simon Rattle, The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Credits

Director: Thomas Grube

Producers:  Uwe Dierks, Thomas Grube, Andrea Thilo

Editor:  Martin Hoffmann

Cinematographer:  Anthony Dod Mantle, Rene Dame, Alberto Venzago, Stefan Ciupek

Production Details

Country:  Germany

Year of Production:  2008

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  108 minutes

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Documentary

DVD Release Date:  2nd February 2009

Reviews

THE TIMES

"a scorcher... wonderful"

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RADIO TIMES

"pure magic"

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VARIETY

"One of the best music films in recent years"

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