18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20th - 27th, 2016
Discovering India section
Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds –
The Conductor Zubin Mehta (Documentary)
followed by Q&A
with director Bettina Ehrhardt and
Konstanze Welz, Television & Regional Coordinator: Asia, German Films
October 22, Saturday PVR Phoenix - Audi 4, 10:45
2nd Screening October 24, Monday, PVR Kurla - Audi 8, 3:15 pm
2015, Germany, 80 min/53 min versions, English, German
Director, Producer Bettina Ehrhardt
“Presenting my film about the Indian conductor Zubin Mehta in India means a lot to me. And especially in Uma Da Cunha's section at MAMI:Discovering India!
Because filming Zubin Mehta in India, in his hometown Mumbai, in concerts with the Australian World Orchestra, was a real gift for me. It made me discover the extraordinary spirit in which the Indian public responded to the perfomances of Western classical music. I understood where Zubin Mehta’s talent of being in the present moment, paying attention to at least 100 people at the same time, comes from, his elegant, effortless way, as it seams, to communicate what he wants to express to the musicians and to the public. The great Indian dancer Alarmel Valli, who appears in the film, puts it like this: "it's Abinaya, what he does” she says, "the art to depict through gestures, movements and particularly through the eyes. Thank you, India, thank you Uma.”
Production House BCE Films & More Co-Producers ZDF in cooperation with Arte, in collaboration with Unitel Producers Carlo Arborio Mella, Karl Martin Lötsch, Konstanze Welz DOP Ankur Kapoor, Hans Albrecht, Lusznat, Christian Möller Sound Piet Grotelüschen, Samant Christopher Lakra, Amir Tam Commissioning Editor Monika Abspacher, Christopher Janssen Executive Editor Anca-Monica Pandelea
Attending screening and available for interviews
Director Bettina Ehrhardt, Ankur Kapoor (DOP), Samant Christopher Lakra (Sound)
Zubin Mehta, among the music world’s most charismatic conductors, is a citizen of the world. He combines many different characteristics: Indian culture and Parsi spirituality; the musical culture of Vienna; and the music traditions of Asia, Europe and North America. This film follows him to his home city of Mumbai, to Tel Aviv, Florence, Berlin and Munich. It features Daniel Barenboim, Zubin's lifelong friend, pianist Yuja Wang, members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, who have appointed him Music Director for Life. The triumph of this documentary begins with a script which weaves personality, ideas and performance into a suite. Zubin speaks in German to a perceptive, off-camera person who probes the creative nodes of the Maestro. What emerges is an extraordinary portrait of Zubin Mehta, the man, an artist beloved by audiences and musicians alike for the warmth he radiates both in his music-making and in his life. The film had its world premiere organised to coincide with his 80th birthday celebrations. The screening was hosted by Michael Siebert, Consul General of Germany, Mumbai, held at the National Centre of the Performing Arts, attended by Zubin Mehta and director Bettina Ehrhardt.
Bettina Ehrhardt is both a documentary producer-director and an author and journalist. Based in Munich and active internationally, she holds a Master’s degree in French literature, a Diploma in cinema and a degree in semiotics/linguistics from the University of Lyon II. In addition to making films on the arts, she also creates current affairs documentaries. Her documentaries on the arts have focused on composers Luigi Nono, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, conductors Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano, classical pianist Maurizio Pollini, jazz pianist Chick Corea with his Trio as well as singer and conductor Bobby McFerrin.