Liszt Academy, Auditorium
'4' documentary film screening about the Quatuor Ebène
A tale of creation and destruction, struggles and friendship, as told by the Quatuor Ebène, one of the world's most exciting string quartets.
documentary | 2015 | 94 minutes | spoken languages: French, German, English; subtitles: English
Director: Daniel Kutschinski
Cast: Quatuor Ebène (Ebène String Quartet), Professor Eberhard Feltz
Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2015: Best Documentary Award
4 is an independent cinema documentary on one of the world's most exciting string quartets - the Quatuor Ebène.
The film takes viewers along on the quartet’s tour of Italy, gradually drawing them into the ambivalent interactions that have come to characterize the four musicians’ long-standing relationship. Bolzano, Perugia, Florence and Siena, Salzburg and Berlin, form the involuntary backdrop to a piece about relationships and the antagonism between ambition and reality.
Rather than focusing on the stage performances of the multiple award-winning French Quatuor Ebène, 4 takes us behind the scenes to observe the musical and human processes usually hidden from the eyes of the concert audience: the string quartet’s struggle with scores and interpretational details, with colleague-friends – and with themselves.
The Quatuor Ebène allowed themselves to be observed at close quarters, wherever they were and whatever they were doing. Never putting on a front for the camera, they embraced the opportunity to rediscover themselves through the filming.
As a result, we now have not only a unique testimony of the conflicting desires, sufferings and joys of music making, but also an interpersonal story of a quartet rich in exquisite intuition and subject to bizarre misunderstandings that cannot help but make us think.
After the film screening there will be discussion with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the film director Daniel Kutschinski, moderated by Endre Tóth.
Admission to the film screening and talk is free of charge and open to the students of the Academy, but registration via email is mandatory at Ms. Simona Máthé Kiss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizer: Liszt Academy Concert Centre
Tickets: The event is open and entrance is free for the students of the Liszt Academy.