July 21, 2010
"The Concert" is the new film from Radu Mihaileanu, the acclaimed writer/director of "Live and Become," starring Mélanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds"), François Berléand; ("Transporter" series), and Alexei Guskov. Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there - he intercepts an invitation meant for this former orchestra , Andrei masterminds a plan to pose as the leader of the group in order to make a triumphant return to the music scene. With a motley bunch of former musicians at his side, Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor. As a solo violin player to accompany his old Jewish or Gypsy musicians he wants Anne-Marie Jacquet, a young beautiful virtuoso, who holds the key to his past and to his future. If they all overcome the hardships ahead this very special concert will be a triumph. "The Concert" promises to be one of the most uplifting and entertaining films of the year.