Living Bach

Written & directed by: Anna Schmid

A production of schmidtFilm in coproduction with Departures Film and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), in cooperation with ARTE, supported by “Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung” (MDM), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) and “Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien” (SLM).

Germany 2023

Dubai Film Festival 2024 Honorable Mention, Out of Africa International Film Festival

Synopsis

There are over 300 Bach choirs and ensembles around the world, bringing together singers, music lovers and amateur musicians from a wide range of cultures, religions and walks of life. Whether they come from Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Paraguay, the USA or Switzerland, they are all united by one great passion: Johann Sebastian Bach and his work. Their lives are inextricably linked to the music of the world-famous German composer. LIVING BACH tracks down these enthusiasts, travelling around the globe, revealing extraordinary, exciting and life-changing relationships with Bach’s incomparable art and accompanies them on their way to the world’s largest gathering of the Bach family – the Leipzig Bach Festival.

“One of the documentary highlights of the year.” Radio Eins

“Bach would probably have been flattered.” ARD Tagesthemen

“The magnificent new documentary film ‘Living Bach’ by Anna Schmidt is proof of Bach’s emotionalizing power for people across all countries and cultural borders, with the therapeutic side effects of such music.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

“‘Living Bach’ is a film not just for classical music fans. In his peace of mind, his joy and hope, he is searching for a millennia-long longing for world harmony – that’s what Johann Sebastian Bach promised us.” MDR Artour

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Kinoplakat Living Bach. Die Buchstaben von BACH sind mit den Fotos von Protagonist*innen hinterlegt.

Theatrical distributor: Weltkino