Sunday, March 1st, 2020 at 6:45 PM

NOTE: all screenings at this venue are 19+.

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek VJFF 2018) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest; the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a cohesive team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – Layla, the young Palestinian and Ron the young Israeli, two groups form who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert?

Inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, with rising tension and conflict until the very last frame. Crescendo is a remarkable theatrical movie contributing to the worldwide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.

Introduction by Deborah Roitberg from Instruments Beyond Borders

Sponsored by: Ann Ehrcke and Michael Levy, Robert Collum and Lori Albert, Fran Alexander and Alan Wilson, Robyn and Basil Segal, Deborah Roitberg and Jack Amar, Carole and Lucien Lieberman

  • Please note that as a registered non-profit society, anyone over 18 years of age attending one of our screenings is required to be a member of our society for us to retain our non-profit status.
  • Please present your VJFC membership at every screening.

Festivals and Awards

  • Audience Award- Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen (Germany), 2019
  • Gershon Klein Film Award for "Best German Film with Jewish Issue" - Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg (Germany), 2019

Event Details

Film Info

Year 2019
Country Germany
Director Dror Zahavi
Cast Peter Simonischek, Daniel Donskoy, Sabrina Amali, Bibiana Beglau, Mehdi Meskar
Runtime 106 min
Language German w/English subtitles
Genre ,