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THE CONCERT

by Radu Mihaileanu

synopsis

A celebrated conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow loses his post during the Soviet regime when he refuses to fire his Jewish musicians. Twenty-five years later, the man is working as a custodian in the same theatre and helps his wife organise mock demonstrations of communist nostalgia. One day he intercepts an invitation for the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and decides it is time to bluff his way to a comeback. He agrees to do the concert meant for the official orchestra and rounds up his old orchestra buddies as well as a few hilarious new entries.

original title: Le Concert
country: France, Italy, Romania
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Radu Mihaileanu
film run: 120'
release date: FR 04/11/2009, BE 11/11/2009, RO 20/11/2009, FI 27/11/2009, UK 31/12/2009, NL 14/01/2010, IT 05/02/2010, ES 12/03/2010, EE 26/03/2010, GB 16/07/2010, DE 29/07/2010, PT 25/11/2010
screenplay: Radu Mihaileanu, Matthew Robbins
cast: Mélanie Laurent, François Berléand, Miou-Miou, Jacqueline Bisset, Lionel Abelanski
cinematography by: Laurent Dailland
art director: Christian Niculescu, Stanislas Reydellet
costumes designer: Viorica Petrovici, Maïra Ramedhan-Levi
producer: Alain Attal
production: Les Productions du Trésor, France 3 Cinéma, EuropaCorp, Oï Oï Oï Productions, Castel Film, Panache Productions, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française, BIM, Ciné+, Canal+
backing: Eurimages, Région Ile-de-France, Belgacom TV, Tax Shelter ING Invest de Tax Shelter Productions, Le Fonds d'Action de la Sacem
distributor: EuropaCorp Distribution, Cinéart, Independenta Film, Bim Distribuzione, Oy Cinema Mondo Ltd, Vértigo Films, Concorde Filmverleih, StudioCanal, Castello Lopes Cinemas