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COPYING BEETHOVEN

by Agnieszka Holland

synopsis

It is 1824. Beethoven, played by Ed Harris, is racing to finish his new symphony. However, it has been years since his last success and he is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A copyist is urgently needed to help the composer finish in time for the scheduled first performance - otherwise the orchestra will have no music to play. A fictional character is introduced in the form of a young conservatory student and aspiring composer named Anna Holtz. The mercurial Beethoven is skeptical that a woman might become involved in his masterpiece but slowly comes to trust in Anna's assistance and in the end becomes quite fond of her. By the time the piece is performed, her presence in his life is an absolute necessity. Her deep understanding of his work is such that she even corrects mistakes he has made, while her passionate personality opens a door into his private world.

international title: Copying Beethoven
original title: Copying Beethoven
country: United States, Germany, Hungary
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Agnieszka Holland
film run: 104'
release date: ES 20/10/2006, PL 01/12/2006, HU 08/03/2007, DE 05/04/2007, AT/BG 13/04/2007, CZ 03/05/2007, IT 15/06/2007, NL 28/06/2007, BE 15/08/2007, UK 17/08/2007
screenplay: Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
cast: Diane Kruger, Ed Harris, Ralph Riach, Matyelok Gibbs, Bill Stewart, Angus Barnett, Viktoria Dihen, Phyllida Law
cinematography by: Ashley Rowe
film editing: Alex Mackie
art director: Caroline Amies
costumes designer: Jany Temime
producer: Sidney Kimmel, Stephen J. Rivele, Michael Taylor, Christopher Wilkinson, Bruce Webb, Alex Lewis, Péter Miskolczi
production: VIP Medienfonds, Eurofilm Studio Ltd, Myriad Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Anomaly Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
distributor: Best Film, Notro Films (ES), Concorde Filmverleih (DE), Nexo (IT), Benelux Film Distribution (NL)
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