Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2019
Country: GERMANY
Language: English, German
Run Time: 106 minutes


Peace talks between Israel and Palestine are set to take place in just seven weeks, and maestro Eduard Sporck has agreed to conduct a concert at that time as a symbolic gesture of goodwill. Eager for the chance to work with the renowned conductor, up-and-coming Israeli and Palestinian performers show up in droves to audition. Among the select few who make the cut are violinist, Layla, and clarinetist, Omar, of the West Bank, along with violinist, Ron, and French horn player, Shira, of Israel. For three weeks leading up to the concert, the orchestra will rehearse in the picturesque Alps of South Tyrol. Still, despite landing the opportunity of a lifetime, the ensemble of long-standing political rivals is hardly harmonious. Eduard must find a way to bring about peace within the orchestra before the musicians can provide any hope for reconciliation between the two states. Dror Zahavi’s CRESCENDO makes a strong case for the hashtag that opens the film: #MakeMusicNotWar. (In English, Hebrew, Arabic, and German with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
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Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 9:05 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Jewish & Israeli Visions
Voices of the Arab World

Music Movies Competition

Dror Zahavi

Alice Brauner

Art Bernd, Alice Brauner, Stephen Glantz, Volkner Kellner, Marcus O. Rosenm├╝ller, Johannes Rotter, Dror Zahavi

Gero Steffen

Fritz Busse

Principal Cast
Peter Simonischek, Daniel Donskoy, Sabrina Amali

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Media Partner

Cleveland Jewish News

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