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Beethoven Reloaded – Filming Underway

Author: Accentus Music

In November, filming for Accentus Music’s Beethoven film will be continued in Japan and South Africa.

  • Andy Warhol: Beethoven | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Andy Warhol: Beethoven © Accentus Music

  • Filming in Lisbon | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Filming in Lisbon © Accentus Music

  • Filming with Herbert Blomstedt and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Lisbon | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Filming with Herbert Blomstedt and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Lisbon © Accentus Music

Beethoven is the epitome of German musical culture. But what lies behind the name “Ludwig van,” which has long since become an international brand? The film "Beethoven reloaded" (WT) takes a fresh look at the eminent composer from a decidedly contemporary perspective vis-à-vis the backdrop of his biography and work. It seeks to answer the question of why this artist has advanced to become a global icon and what relevance and expressiveness his work still has today. Using modern cinematic techniques, the essential biographical facts form the leitmotif of a multi-faceted image of Beethoven in the here and now.

After filming started in Lisbon and continued in Bolzano, Leipzig, Teplice, Berlin and Bonn, the film team will travel to Tokyo, Japan, and Cape Town, South Africa in November, where Beethoven’s universalist and musical-humanist message resounds just as enthusiastically.

In his universalism, his musical-humanistic message, which is still unfulfilled today, and his enormous creative and innovative power, Beethoven is seen as a highly modern contemporary. The film aims to bring an icon of music history to life, to bring his inexhaustible potential closer to all people, from musical novices to specialists, with a fresh perspective. To entice us to a lively encounter with one of the greatest composers in the history of music, who still has a great deal to say to us today, we need this modern perspective using contemporary images.

Production Company Accentus Music GmbH
Co-Production Company WDR
Director Andy Sommer
Executive Producer Paul Smaczny
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Production year 2019-20

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