Leningrad Symphony (Ļeņingradas simfonija), dir. Kristian Frey, 90′, Latvia/Germany, 2018
In September 1941 the German Wehrmacht besieges and strafes Leningrad, willing to kill all of its two million inhabitants. Within a few weeks the city turns into a hell of hunger, cold and death. It is in these days when the Leningrad conductor Karl Eliasberg receives an almost unconvertible assignment: together with the few survivors of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra, he is to stage Dmitri Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony – a highly demanding composition dedicated to Leningrad’s fight for survival. Against all odds, the orchestra achieves the impossible: For a short moment in the summer of 1942 the war is put on hold as the sounds of the “Leningrad Symphony” drift through the city all the way to the German front lines.
Scriptwriters Kristian Frey, Gints Grūbe
Cinematographers Andrejs Rudzāts, Thomas Bresinsky
Producer Reinhardt Beetz
Co-producer Gints Grūbe
Production Company Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany)
National Film Centre of Latvia