Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao

Germany | 2016 | 58 min
Chinese, French | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Michael Boomers, Nyika Jancsó
Distribution: Accentus Music
Sound mixing: Karl Atteln, Markus Krohn
Editing: Dirk Seliger
Producer: Anca-Monica Pandelea, Paul Smaczny
Sound: Sebastian Braun, Toine Mertens, Robert Sandow, Christoph Wonneberger
Production: Accentus Music
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Synopsis

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The music of Bach enabled pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei to cope with the worst challenges of her life. After experiencing all of the consequences of the Mao regime and the Cultural Revolution, she emigrated to Paris in 1980. She was deeply marked by the great cultural darkness that came over her country under Mao. She was publicly humiliated, her teachers were intimidated and her musical scores were burned. In this personal and touching documentary about the immense power of music, Paul Smaczny tells Zhu Xiao-Mei’s story as she agrees to return to China for the first time and discovers a country transformed.

Directors

Paul Smaczny

Emmy Award-winner Paul Smaczny is a German-based documentary filmmaker and producer of music films and concert, ballet and opera recordings. His latest works include the award-winning documentaries Die Thomaner – A Year in the Life of St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig (2012), John Cage – Journeys in Sound (2012) and Music – A Journey for Life (2013), about conductor Riccardo Chailly. In 2010, he founded his own production company, Accentus Music, which quickly became one of the most distinguished production companies in the classical music sphere.
Filmography | Riccardo Chailly – A Portrait (2013) ; John Cage – Journeys in Sound (2012) ; Die Thomaner (2012) ; El Sistema (2009) ; Knowledge is the Beginning – Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Orchestra (2006) ; Claudio Abbado – Hearing the Silence. Sketches for a Portrait (2003) ; Multiple Identities - Encounters with Daniel Barenboim (2001) ; Entre-quatre-z-yeux (1998).

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Screenings playing this movie

20:45
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Screening # 13
Presented by ICI ARTV
Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium
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Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium

Germany | 53 min | 2016

German, English | Subtitles in English

Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao
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Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao

Germany | 58 min | 2016

Chinese, French | Subtitles in English

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12:30
UQAM - Salle Jean-Claude Lauzon
Screening # 106
Presented by ICI ARTV
Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium
FIFA Grand Panorama

Maestras – The Long Journey of Women to the Podium

Germany | 53 min | 2016

German, English | Subtitles in English

Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao
FIFA Competition

Zhu Xiao-Mei: How Bach Defeated Mao

Germany | 58 min | 2016

Chinese, French | Subtitles in English

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tickets