After the music

After the music
               Genre: Documentary
  The brilliant career of the Austrian conductor Otmar Suitner ended prematurely because a Parkinson’s disease, his work impossible. A sad loss to the classical world. In addition to the almost thirty years of leadership of the East Berlin State Opera conducted Suitner a private double life, which included a wife and a mistress in the east, plus a child in the West. Igor Heitzmann, his son, approaches that of a foreign father in this documentary, for which the music always came first, and little time for family life had left.

The music is a thoughtful film , which is his main actor Otmar Suitner cautiously approaching. The son knows that his father will no longer remain all too much for life, and since he failed in his childhood and youth, see directing his father, he has one last big wish: His father is for his sake even the baton take in hand. Whether it’s the camera, which constantly accompanied him on his bad conscience, the son will never have the desired father or perhaps a trace of narcissism in one – the father agrees and meets his son such a desire. There are touching scenes, like the old man is led by an assistant to the conductor having to provide such long-standing colleagues, the conductor a standing ovation and can conduct all with tears in his eyes involuntarily from Suitner. Even they know that it will be the last time that this man possessed by music acts as a conductor.

Before this dream by Igor Heitzmann comes true, he takes his father and two women who have shared their lives the same man, together in front of the camera and last but not least get yourself access to Suitner. What looks from the outside as a very queer relationships, seems to have worked as an unusual life model. It has come to terms, and both women were equally involved in the musician’s life – as an assistant, as general manager and as a quiet force in the background. Needless to say, had their own careers behind the back seat of Suitner, who are often more related to Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven, as in real human being. After the music is more than just a personal portrait of a father, even more than that of a musician, but it is also a reflection of the German East-West history.

1960 Suitner moved with his wife Marita in the GDR, to work with the Dresden Staatskapelle as musical director for. Four years later he led until 1990 the East Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Suitner was provided with privileges, of which the “normal” people could only dream of DDR. Thanks to his alien status of native Innsbruck could always cross the border, which was indispensable for the relationship with Renate Heitzmann. Observed the critical eye of the Stasi, the meticulously conducted on Suitner West visits book and raised the question of whether he was Western spy. Only decades later, the conductor reads his Stasi files and can only answer with a shrug. While the Stasi agents still determined against him, brought him the way to Bayreuth, Vienna, Tokyo, San Francisco, London and Munich. He never wanted to leave the GDR, but he has his work at the East Berlin State Opera very much loved. Opting for one of two women, also could not and would not. He seems to have loved too much.

After the music has already won an award before Kinostart and international awards, including in Montreal, Leipzig, Krakow and Moscow. Thus, not only the root search by Igor Heitzmann was officially honored, but he has also fulfilled his dream of seeing his father to conduct a first and last time. Through the cinematic approach to the phenomenon Otmar Suitner Heitzmann has received many answers to his questions, which are also of importance to the public. On the occasion of the 87th Birthdays Suitner Otmar, 16 May 2009, and 20 years after fall of the wall, which runs on after the music in the movies.

(Silvy Pommerenke)

Title: The Music Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2007 Length: 105 (Min) of material: Weltecho Film Distribution

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