VILNIUS: Leningrad Symphony, a docudrama by director Christian Frey for Beetz Filmproduktion Hamburg, begins principle photography in Lithuania on 29 November 2016. Shooting wil wrap on 4 December.
During the Leningrad Blockade the conductor Karl Eliasberg received a surprising assignment by radio producer Yakhov Babushkin: surrounded by hunger, cold and death, Eliasberg must conduct Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony with his surviving orchestra. Against all odds he accomplishes the impossible, and for a short moment the war is interrupted by the sounds of the Leningrad Symphony wafting through the city all the way to the German trenches. It is the heroic story of Leningrad’s radio crew and the symbolic triumph of art over the savagery of war. The 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Leningrad Blockade was on 8 September.
The film is produced by Marc Brasse/NDR and Ulrikė Dotzer, NDR/ARTE HD, in coproduction with NDR and in cooperation with ARTE, TVN (Poland), ORF, NRK (Norway), Česká televize (Czech Republic), DR (Denmark), LTV (Latvia), Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Global Screen, Bel Docs 2015 (Serbia) and Tile Films (Ireland).
Leningrad Symphony is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, Nordmedia.
The television broadcast is planned for 2017 in Germany.