Streaming May 8th – May 21st
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply distrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? In English and German with subtitles. (106 mins)
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“Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi helms this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo,’ raising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the worldwide efforts toward understanding, humanity and peace.” – Jewish Press
“… every year I get to discover at least one film that lives in my heart. This year that film is ‘Crescendo’… the wonderful characters, genuine emotion, music and witty dialog carry it along. I love this film.” – Steve Kopian, Unseen Films