Does the world really need conductors? What the hell are they doing? The animated figure of a Baton-Designer is following 12 young conductors from all over the world, gathered 10 days in Bamberg (Germany) to win the world`s most honoured conducting battle: The Gustav-Mahler-Conducting-Competition. The Baton-Designer is frustrated that some of these conductors seem to ignore his importance in their show. “The Baton” is a subtle and humorous Film about the art of conducting and its mysteries.
“One of the most inventive and entertaining movies about classical music in years.”
“Excellent and outstanding filmmaking! The very best submitted from over several dozen countries around the world.” 2011 Internat. Mexico Film Festival
“ High class produced pictures! This Film is even for persons who don´t like Classical Music!”
Europes Biggest Student Film Festival “sehsüchte”
“It’s more than entertainment, it’s like a new experience.”
DOCUTAH, Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival
… and other official Screenings at worldwide Filmfestivals.
“What constitutes a good conductor? And how does one recognise the better candidate? Michael Wende contrasts the short, concise answers of the participants and members of the jury and orchestra with film sequences composed like collages. For instance, he splices together a fast sequence of one and the same part of a symphony – conducted by different competition candidates. A great opportunity to see the different body language, time-beating techniques and charisma of the young conductors. Soon every viewer can feel like an expert, encouraged by the statement made by jury member Herbert Blomstedt: “It depends on what one feels is particularly important about a conductor: that he is thoroughly brilliant and utterly extroverted and knows how to fascinate, or whether one is lookin more for the inner wealth of music-making.”
Excerpt from the booklet text by Jürgen Seeger
Speaker Herbert Feuerstein