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

Leonard Bernstein - A Genius Divided

Germany | 2018 | 54 min
English, German | Subtitles in English
Author: Thomas Von Steinaecker
Cinematography: Christoph Valentien
Sound mixing: Jörn Steinhoff
Editing: Volker Schaner
Composer: Tim Allhoff Trio
Director: Thomas Von Steinaecker


North American Premiere

American composer, conductor and pianist, Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990) led the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for eleven years (1958–1969). This film pays homage to his remarkable career, painting an intimate and surprising portrait of an artist we thought we knew so well. Through interviews with his three children and close friends, we gradually uncover the many layers of Bernstein, learning about the challenges and difficulties he faced. He spent his life divided between his talent as a conductor and his desire to compose.


Thomas Von Steinaecker

Thomas von Steinaecker, born in 1977, is an author, a director of TV-documentaries, comic artist and journalist. For his novels as well as for his TV-documentaries he received numerous awards, including ECHO Klassik and Golden Prague. He lives in Augsburg (Germany).
Filmography | Stockhausen – Musik for a better world (2008/09) ; Reise zu Tolstoi (2010) ; John Cage – Everything is possible (2012) ; Richard Strauss and his heroines (2013) ; Der Spielmacher – George Tabori in America (2014) ; Bewegte Republik Deutschland (2014) ; Von Dada bis Gaga – 100 years of performance art (2015) ; Mythos Beethoven (2016) ; Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided (2017/18)

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