Based on a true story, Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct a symphony, is torn by ambition and love as she tries to overcome the bias against female musicians.
In the 1920’s, Antonia Brico aspires to become the first woman to lead an orchestra but after she arouses the interest of Frank she is torn between ambition and love. She flees to Holland, where conductor Mengelberg tells her to see Karl Muck, who gets her accepted into the Berlin State Academy. Her debut is a success but the resulting furore forces her to return to the US, where the bias against women musicians inspires her to start a female orchestra.
120' / colour
Director: Maria Peters
Genre: drama, period drama, romantic drama
Original title: DE DIRIGENT
Dir: Maria Peters
Prod: Shooting Star Filmcompany (NL) - Dave Schram
Co-prod: Menuetto (BE), Umami Media (NL), Casa Kafka Pictures (BE), Avrotros (NL)
Sc: Maria Peters
D.O.P.: Rolf Dekens
Completed: October 2018
Language: English, Dutch
Cast: Christanne de Bruijn. Benjamin Wainwright (A QUIET PASSION, TOMMY’S HONOUR), Scott Turner Schofield (THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL), Richard Sammel (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS).
Taipei International Film Festival
Chichester Film Festival (UK)
Jecheon International Film & Music Festival
a.o. FREEZE (2014, short), GRAFFITI DETECTIVE (2013, short), MIKE SAYS GOODBYE! (2012, feature), SONNY BOY (2011, feature).
Shooting Star Filmcompany
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