The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

La chef d'orchestre

Netherlands | 2018 | 139 min
English | Subtitles in French
Costume: Linda Bogers
Music: Quinten Schram, Bob Zimmerman
Cinematographer: Rolf Dekens
Script: Maria Peters
Director: Maria Peters


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Canadian Premiere

United States 1926: The Dutch, 24-year-old Antonia Brico (played by Christanne de Bruijn) was a child when she and her parents (Annet Malherbe and Raymond Thiry) immigrated to the United States. She dreams of becoming a conductor, but nobody takes her ambition seriously. Her piano teacher advices her against taking the entrance exam for the conservatory. Because she has little to lose, she returns to her motherland, where she begs the famous conductor Mengelberg (Gijs Scholten van Aschat) to teach her conducting lessons. Mengelberg is not comfortable with the idea and sends her to Berlin where she, against all expectations, has a better chance as a woman to make it. Emotional strain threatens to overwhelm her, when the love of her life puts her in a difficult position. What choice will Antonia make?

Denver International Film Festival, USA (2019) - Audience Award Narrative Feature
SCENECS International Debut Film Festival, Netherlands (2018) - Best Acting Talent Award for the protagonist Christanne de Bruijn


Maria Peters

After Maria Peters studied law, she graduated from the Dutch Film Academy with the short film ALLE VOGELS VLIEGEN, which was broadcasted on Dutch national television. After her graduation, she was an assistant director for several films, such as the feature film, ‘Abel’ by Alex van Warmerdam. She co-founded her own production company in 1987, together with Dave Schram and Hans Pos: Shooting Star Filmcompany BV. From their office at the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam she co-produced Fourty films. She wrote fourteen scripts for feature films, at this moment thirteen of them have been released in cinema’s. She directed several films, three of them are still in the top 20 of the most successful Dutch films of the past two decades, making Maria one of the most successful Dutch screenwriters and directors. Her first international film, Sonny Boy, was the Dutch submission for the Academy Awards. The Conductor is her next feature. In 2019 she will start working on her third Pietje Bell (Peter Bell) film: PETER BELL GOES FLYING and is in the meanwhile writing also on new screenplays.

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