The Conductor (De dirigent)


Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 5, 2019 2:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sun, Oct 6, 2019 8:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:137 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Maria Peters
Producer:Dave Schram
Screenwriter:Maria Peters
Cinematographer:Rolf Dekens
Editor:Robin De Jong
Cast:Christanne De Bruijn
Benjamin Wainwright
Scott Turner Schofield
Seumas F. Sargent
Richard Sammel
Sian Thomas
Print Source:Shooting Star Filmcompany


Feminist icon Antonia Brico, for those not (yet!) familiar with her, was the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic. Internationally acclaimed for her work with the Berlin Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and her own Women’s Symphony Orchestra, the story of Brico’s rise from poverty to prominence in her field is truly extraordinary. Director Maria Peters' cinematically stunning and inspirational biopic tells the tale of a defiant and determined Dutch working-class immigrant (and SF Bay Area transplant) in the early 20th century. Raised by a stern and tradition-bound foster family, Brico must choose between her passion to train as an orchestra conductor—unimaginable for a woman of her time—and the comforts and constraints of traditional gender roles and functions. With galvanizing performances by Christianne de Bruijn (as Brico) and Scott Turner Schofield (as Antonia’s dedicated friend and confidant), this unforgettable drama brings Brico’s story to life with vibrant staccato, legato, and—of course—con brio!

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Additional Information

Maria Peters is a longtime director, writer, and producer who made her first short, All Birds Flying (1983) while studying at the Netherlands Film Academy. She made her feature debut in 1995 with The Purse Snatcher. Among her other films are Lovely Liza (1997), Little Crumb (1999), Peter Bell (2002), XTC Just Don’t Do It (2006), Sonny Boy (2011), and Mike Says Goodbye! (2012).