Martins-Passion

Martins-Passion

Deutschland 2003/2004, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

Martins′ Passion

Any story-teller would be hard-pressed to invent a biography as incredible as the life of Brazil′s celebrated star pianist, João Carlos Martins. Success and personal tragedies, traumatic injuries and triumphant comebacks mark his fate.

In the early sixties, this temperamental Brazilian, who plays soccer as passionately as he plays the piano, is celebrated as the greatest interpreter of the music of Bach next to Glenn Gould. But a disastrous injury throws his life off balance. One escapade follows the other. In the late nineties, Martins′ career seems finally over, when he has to undergo surgery to sever the nerves of his right hand. The one-armed pianist decides to attempt a comeback with his left hand only. With fanatic fervor he makes his left hand work for two. The date for a concert with a renowned orchestra is already set - and yet again, the inconceivable happens. Martins is devastated. His dream to create something great on the piano seems finally buried.

The film accompanies João Carlos Martins during his darkest hours, traces the early triumphs and dramatic events of his life. Unique film sequences from his childhood and early years breathe life into this scintillating universe. Martins′ encounters with his friends, the soccer genius Pelé and the legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, provide moments of bliss. And in the end, once again a small miracle occurs.

A film about a man, who never gives up and remains true to his passion – music.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

Director:Irene Langemann
Screenplay:Irene Langemann
Director of photography:Dieter Stürmer
Editing:Kawe Vakil
Production company:Lichtfilm Wolfgang Bergmann (Köln)
Producer:Wolfgang Bergmann

All Credits

Director:Irene Langemann
Screenplay:Irene Langemann
Director of photography:Dieter Stürmer
Assistant camera:Isabel Alvarez
Editing:Kawe Vakil
Sound:Marc von Stürler, Christian Lutz
Participation:João Carlos Martins, Pelé, Dave Brubeck, Prof. Heiner Stadler, Jay Hoffmann, David Dubal
Production company:Lichtfilm Wolfgang Bergmann (Köln)
in co-production with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden), Westdeutscher Rundfunk/3sat (Köln)
in association with:Yleisradio TV 1 (Helsinki), Danmarks Radio/TV (DRTV) (Kopenhagen)
Producer:Wolfgang Bergmann
Producer (TV):Susanne Biermann, Reinhard Wulf
Shoot:01.04.2003-05.2003: Sao Paulo
Original distributor:Zephir Filmverleih GmbH (Köln)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel)
Length:2726 m, 100 min
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 04.03.2004, 97218, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Martins-Passion
weitere Schreibweise Die Martins Passion

Versions

Original

Length:2726 m, 100 min
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 04.03.2004, 97218, ohne Altersbeschränkung / feiertagsfrei
 
Length:60 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SR
Screening:Uraufführung: 21.01.2004, Biarritz, FIPA;
Erstaufführung (DE): 08.05.2004, München, Dokumentarfilmfestival;
Kinostart (DE): 09.09.2004;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 28.11.2004, Arte
 

Awards

Pocono Mountains Filmfestival, USA 2004
Bester Dokumentarfilm
 
FIPA, Biarritz 2004
FIPA D’OR
 
Message to Man“ St. Petersburg, Russland 2004
Bester Dokumentarfilm
 
Banff Rocky Awards, Kanada 2004
Banff Rockie Award