Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021



Year: 2019
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 106 minutes


Peace talks between Israel and Palestine are set to take place in just seven weeks, and maestro Eduard Sporck has agreed to conduct a concert at that time as a symbolic gesture of goodwill. Eager for the chance to work with the renowned conductor, up-and-coming Israeli and Palestinian performers show up in droves to audition. Among the select few who make the cut are violinist, Layla, and clarinetist, Omar, of the West Bank, along with violinist, Ron, and French horn player, Shira, of Israel. For three weeks leading up to the concert, the orchestra will rehearse in the picturesque Alps of South Tyrol. Still, despite landing the opportunity of a lifetime, the ensemble of long-standing political rivals is hardly harmonious. Eduard must find a way to bring about peace within the orchestra before the musicians can provide any hope for reconciliation between the two states. Dror Zahavi’s CRESCENDO makes a strong case for the hashtag that opens the film: #MakeMusicNotWar. (In English, Hebrew, Arabic, and German with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 4:15 PM ET

Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 9:05 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Jewish & Israeli Visions
Voices of the Arab World

Music Movies Competition

Dror Zahavi

Alice Brauner

Art Bernd, Alice Brauner, Stephen Glantz, Volkner Kellner, Marcus O. Rosenm├╝ller, Johannes Rotter, Dror Zahavi

Gero Steffen

Fritz Busse

Principal Cast
Peter Simonischek, Daniel Donskoy, Sabrina Amali

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Community Partners

ORMACO: Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach

Media Partners

Cleveland Jewish News

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