Awards

• Best Actress - German Film Critics Award

Synopsis

Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all the other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family - her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet.
When she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn.

Director’s bio

Born in Berlin, Ina Weisse studied drama at the renowned “Otto Falkenberg” school, and performed in various plays. After studying philosophy, she graduated from Hamburg Film Faculty. Her final project was awarded the “First Steps Award” in 2002.
Her debut feature film “Der Architekt” premiered at the Berlinale and won the “Deutscher Filmpreis” for Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Max-Ophüls Film Festival. As an actress, she appeared in movies such as “Das Ende einer Nacht” (“Deutsche Fernsehpreis” for Best Actress, “Günther-Rohrbach-Filmpreis” and the “Adolf- Grimme-Preis”). In 2016 she won again the “Deutsche Fernsehpreis” for best actress for the films “Ich will dich” and “Ein großer Aufbruch”.

Original Title

DAS VORSPIEL

Director

Ina Weisse

Country

Germany, France

Scriptwriter

Daphne Charizani, Ina Weisse

Cinematography

Judith Kaufmann

Editor

Hansjörg Weißbrich

Production

LUPA FILM, FELIX VON BOEHM