La Spira

France | 2011 | 89 min
French, English, Italian | Subtitles in French
Cinematography: Etienne Carton De Grammont, Pier Paolo Giarolo
Editing: Gérard Caillat
Music: Robert Schumann, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Participation: Spira Mirabilis
Producer: Erica Barbiani, Pierre-Olivier Bardet
Script: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Gérard Caillat
Sound: François Waledisch
Production: Idéale Audience, Videomante
Director: Gérard Caillat


The film will be available for free screening from Sunday, March 11 on the website of La Fabrique culturelle

Spotlight: Music. Tribute to Idéale Audience. This film, award-winning of the 30th FIFA, follows the musical group Spira Mirabili born one evening in June 2007. Four young musicians met after a concert, unhappy with the world of classical music. It was not how they wanted to live their musical lives. Only 4 years later, Spira Mirabilis embraces some 40 young musicians from 16 countries who get together every 2 months to study and then interpret a symphonic work. They rehearse and perform without a conductor, without fees, outside the traditional classical music circuit. Spira Mirabilis has thus invented a new way of experiencing the music, where the quest for the meaning and coherence of the score prevails over career, money, or success. And where traditional barriers between performer and audience are broken down. The film depicts this utopian way of “making music together”, capturing the group in rehearsals and in daily interactions.


Gérard Caillat

Writer-director Gérard Caillat has two Master’s degrees, one in Mathematics and the other in Ethnology. He specializes in musical documentaries.
Filmography | L’Art de Chopin (2009) ; Le Concours de musique (2009) ; À la recherche de Pierre Boulez (2005) ; Le Manuscrit disparu ou l'Histoire des Contes d'Hoffmann (2004) ; Opéra et Troisième Reich (1997) ; Passion Callas (1997) ; Émissions Océaniques, l'Album-souvenir d’Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (1995) ; Opéra (1989-1993).

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