The Audition (Das Vorspiel)

 © Judith Kaufmann/Lupa Film
 © Judith Kaufmann/Lupa Film

Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Vogue Theatre, San Francisco

California Premiere | Program Section: Kino Now

99 min. Germany, France (2019)
German and French w/ English subtitles

Director: Ina Weisse
Starring: Nina Hoss, Simon Abkarian, Serafin Mishiev, Ilja Monti, Jens Albinus
Producer: Felix von Boehm
Screenwriters: Ina Weisse, Daphne Charizani
Director of Photography: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Production: Lupa Film, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE, Idéale Audience, Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion
World Sales: Les Films du Losange
US Distributor: Strand Releasing

Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all the other teachers, Anna pushes through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family - her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn.

The Audition held its World Premiere at the prestigious San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain. Nina Hoss won the Best Actress Award at both San Sebastian and the Stockholm international film festivals.

Community Outreach Partners: SFFILM and Alliance Française de San Francisco.