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Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories | Teaser

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Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories A film by Ramón Gieling A labyrinthine narrative in which such people as Peter Sellars, Emio Greco, Simon Halsey and painter Rinke Nijburg relate their special relationship with the music of Bach, with Pieter Jan Leusink's Bach Choir & Orchestra providing the score and a group of homeless people serving as their audience. Erbarme Dich is produced by KeyDocs, in co-production with NCRV and supported by The Netherlands Filmfund, Dutch Cultural Media Fund, CoBO and Fund 21. Theatrical release: February 2015 by distributor ABC/Cinemien International Sales & Distribution: Doc & Film International Music is a world in itself A language beyond understanding A group of homeless people who perform as a choir every Friday morning is invited to attend the rehearsals of the St Matthew Passion. They head off to a fictional place, where they: the audience, and choir and orchestra look like a cohesive unit against the backdrop of a church which has fallen into disuse. Yet every person present in this abandoned house of God has his or her own reason for wanting to engage with the St. Matthew Passion. In the course of the film we get to know some of these people and discover their personal connection to Bach's oratorio that tells the last days of Christ, which is performed across the world every year around Easter. The orchestra, soloists and choir, led by conductor Pieter Jan Leusink accompany the stories of the main characters in our film with their performance of the St Matthew Passion. And Leusink isn't just the conductor, he is one of the main characters himself, with a painful history in which this musical piece has played a dominant role. This is a man who lives for the St Matthew Passion, while that same music caused a rift between him and his Calvinist father. As the Passion is performed, other people tell us about their relationship with this piece as well. Stories from opera director Peter Sellars, some of the homeless, chorus director Simon Halsey, and choreographer, dancer Emio Greco and others, alternate seamlessly. We visit them in their house, at work, or other places where they share their personal story with us. But in the end we see all of them again in the dilapidated church. As their stories unfold, we learn how the St Matthew Passion played a decisive role in the human relations between men and women, lovers, fathers and sons, mothers and their unborn child, and fathers and daughters. These characters' stories are unique but can be easily identified with; after all we are all acquainted with some kind of suffering, loss, and love. We have all sustained scars, both visible and invisible, during our lives. That is why the suffering and death of Christ, the subject of the St Matthew Passion, is not only timeless, but familiar as well. For in spite of our differences we all share in the secret of music. www.keydocs.nl