A film as part of the European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival 2022
Germany, 2020, 90 min.
Director: Wiebke Pöpel
Englisch and vietnamese Subtitels
Brochure of the European-Vietnamese Documentary Film Festival 2022
Within the framework of this year's Europe-Vietnam Documentary Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut would like to introduce to the audience a documentary film about the Composer Helmut Lachenmann, born 1935 in Stuttgart who has been influencing contemporary music worldwide for more than 50 years. He became famous for his 'Musique Concrète Instrumentale' - a unique kind of "noise music", in which violinists make bold sounds from all parts of the instrument, trumpets are played with crackling baking paper and horns filled with water.
The documentary film of his life brings us closer to the music and the main character in a charming and humorous way. Viewers are immersed in the thoughts and adventures of this extraordinary artist's creative work - at a stage in his life where the ending becomes increasingly tangible. We experience Lachenmann's rehearsal with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic at his home in Leonberg or his work with composer Luigi Nono in Venice at the Zurich Opera, where the opera His "The Girl with the Matches" was staged as impressively as a ballet. Finally, the viewers are taken to the composer’s refuge close by the Lake Maggiore, where he prefers to retreat for his work as composer to this day.
For Lachenmann, “it’s not about new sounds, it’s about hearing differently” that message inspired many artists from the new music scene later on.
In order to bring to the audience an unique experience of Lachenmann’s music, the Goethe-Institute invited cellist Tran Hong Nhung under the guidance of Lucas Fels, who is now the world's leading new music artist, to perform an excerpt of the piece “Pression”.
Awards and selections
- 2021: - Nominated for Best Soundtrack at German Documentary Awards 2021
- Award for Best Film at DOCK OF THE BAY in San Sebastián
- Nominated for Best Musical Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival in London