• Conductivity


Finland 2019 | 75 min.

Start festival: 04 November 2020, 10.00 am

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Conductivity / Orkesterin edessä

English, Finnish, Swedish, French

On becoming an orchestra conductor. The film follows three students at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy on the not so simple road to wielding a baton professionally.
The Sibelius Academy is among the largest music colleges in Europe. Its curriculum includes training orchestra conductors. The practical side of that training means more than just conducting the school’s own orchestra, they are also given the opportunity to wield the baton for professional ensembles, such as the Helsinki Philharmonic, or the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras. This film follows three of those students – Finn Emilia Hoving, James Kahane from France, and I-Han Ful from Taiwan. Only a handful of conductors rise to the top – and we have definitely not heard the last of these three. The film draws a memorable picture of the effort they put into learning to use posture, facial expressions, and gestures to guide the orchestra. They patiently listen to their instructors’ corrections as they wrestle jointly to find the right tone – for compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms … and, of course, Sibelius!

Nordic Film Days Talks: Click here for an interview with Anna-Karin Grönroos, the director of "Conductivity".
Cast & Crew
Director: Anna-Karin Grönroos
Writer: Anna-Karin Grönroos
Camera: Mika Mattila
Cast: Emilia Hoving, James Kahane, I-Han Ful

Production: Venla Hellstedt, Tuffi Films
World Sales: MetFilm Sales
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