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

Taking Risks

Germany | 2019 | 58 min
English | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Michael Boomers
Sound mixing: Markus Krohn
Editing: Brigitte Maria Schmidle
Sound: Christoph Wonneberger
Director: Maria Stodtmeier


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North American Premiere

Barbara Hannigan is a renowned soprano and exceptionally talented artist as well, who began conducting more recently in her career. Making its North American premiere, this documentary shows Hannigan preparing to conduct her first opera, Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rake’s Progress. From the auditions to opening night, we discover a dedicated, passionate and sensitive woman. A behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, the documentary gives privileged access to special moments filled with excitement and magic.


Maria Stodtmeier

After highschool, Maria Stodtmeier worked for two years in the LiteraturWERKstatt Berlin as a production assistant for the Millennium Project “Literature Express Europe 2000”. The train journey with a hundred authors across Europe became the initial spark for the study of cultural work with a focus on postcolonial studies and literature in Potsdam, with additional semesters abroad in Hungary and Spain.

In addition to studying, she worked for the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna and was involved in the preparation and performance of a total of 12 orchestral tours with conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez. Fascinated by the impressions on a journey through Venezuela in 2006 came the idea for the cinema documentary film "El Sistema" (, including Grand Prix Golden Prague), which she co-directed with Paul Smaczny.

Since the founding of the company ACCENTUS Music, Maria Stodtmeier supports the team in the project development and realization of classical concert recordings and documentary films as author, director and producer. Her most recent directorial work "IN BETWEEN - The Composer Isang Yun in North and South Korea" was awarded as "Best Documentary" at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2014 and was nominated for the German "Grimme Preis 2015". In 2016, she co-directed the documentary “Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium”.

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