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Grand Orchestra: Conducting TÁR

Grand Orchestra: Conducting TÁR

Feb 23rd 2023
Todd Field, Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Hildur Guðnadóttir moderated by Anas Sareen
Finding and sustaining a perfect harmony between cast and crew in a character study like six-times Oscar-nominated "TÁR" isn’t all that different from conducting a grand symphony. Director Todd Field, actors Cate Blanchett and Nina Hoss, cellist and actor Sophie Kauer as well as composer Hildur Guðnadóttir join forces to discuss the genesis of their fictional portrait of the first female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. With such an outstanding ensemble of creatives hailing from different realms of cinema, the conversation will naturally swell into a larger debate around the interplay of music, character building, and visual language - and how the three have combined to craft one of the most indelible films right now. And that's not all, the event will also feature the world premiere of Todd Field's latest short film, "The Fundraiser".

Todd Field

The producer, screenwriter and director made his feature film debut with “In the Bedroom” which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received five Oscar nominations including for Best Film. His next feature, “Little Children”, was nominated for three Oscars and three Golden Globes. His short film “Nonnie & Alex” premiered at Sundance where it received an Honourable Mention. A further short film, “When I Was a Boy”, also premiered at the festival. Todd Field has also appeared as an actor in films including “Ruby in Paradise” by Victor Nunez and “Eyes Wide Shut” by Stanley Kubrick.
© Jon Zast

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, artistic director, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community. She has served as Jury President of Cannes International Film Festival and Venice International Film Festival. Cate is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and a lifetime member of the Australian Conservation Foundation. For the role in her latest feature “TÁR” she is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
© Tom Munro

Nina Hoss

Nina Hoss is one of Germany’s most well respected actors today. She is a Board Member of the European Film Academy and has served on several juries, including the Venice Film Festival as well as the Locarno Film Festival. Nina won the Best Actress Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival for her performance in “The Audience”, Best Actress for her role in Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards and received a Silver Bear for her performance in “Yella”. She made her English Debut in Showtime’s “Homeland”. Her latest role is in Todd Field’s “TÁR”.
© Pascal Bünning

Sophie Kauer

Sophie Kauer is a British-German cellist and actor. She is currently studying classical cello performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, in the class of world-renowned cellist Torleif Thedeén. She started cello lessons aged 8 and was also a private student of distinguished cello professor, Melissa Phelps. Sophie has been successful in many competitions in the UK. She made her debut as a soloist with orchestra aged 13, in addition to playing solo recitals from the age of 11. Sophie is a current Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient and has received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein. She recently recorded music from the film with the London Symphony Orchestra.
© Michael Shelford

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Gudnadóttir is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, 2x Grammy-, BAFTA-, and Emmy-winning Icelandic artist, who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary. Her work for Film, Television, and Video Games includes "Battlefield 2042", "Joker", and "Chernobyl". Hildur was named Television Composer of the Year and Film Composer of the Year by the World Soundtrack Academy. Her latest projects are the critically acclaimed films "TÁR", directed by Todd Field, and the Sarah Polley film "Women Talking".
© Camille Blake

Anas Sareen

Born in Dubai in 1992 to an Iraqi-Turkish mother and an Indian father, Anas studied literature and film history at the universities of Lausanne and Oxford, then collaborated as a screenwriter before moving onto directing. He is a feature-film programmer for the Berlinale (Generation) and co-editor of the magazine Talking Shorts. Anas will be shooting his second short film, "The Gods," this summer, and is beginning to think about a first feature, provisionally titled "Swansong."
© Shane McMillan