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

The Conductor
(De Dirigent)

Year: 2019
Language: English, Dutch, German
Run Time: 139 minutes

The Conductor
The Conductor
The Conductor
The Conductor

Antonia is a terrible usher. Much to the frustration of her bosses at the concert hall, Antonia is constantly giving more attention to the musicians on stage than she is to the guests in the audience. But this 24-year-old woman has bigger dreams than seating concert attendees in the correct seats. Antonia wants to be a conductor. Unfortunately, for society in the 1920s, the idea of a woman leading an orchestra is laughable, at best. Although the odds are stacked against her, Antonia is determined to see herself on stage, and she will stop at nothing until she achieves her goals. Through her incredible journey, Antonia is faced with a multitude of obstacles, mostly in the form of powerful men who refuse to take her seriously… including the man she loves. But her sweet revenge will be in proving them all wrong. Based on the true story of Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, THE CONDUCTOR is a beautiful story of resilience and perseverance. Far ahead of her time, Antonia Brico will inspire women everywhere to chase their dreams fearlessly. (In English, Dutch, and German with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 6:50 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

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

Women of the World

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Music Movies Competition


Maria Peters

Dave Schram

Maria Peters

Rolf Dekens

Robin de Jong

Principal Cast
Christanne de Bruijn, Benjamin Wainwright, Scott Turner Schofield, Seumas F. Sargent, Richard Sammel

Film Contact
Donate >


Your donation helps fulfill our mission to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition.

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • alexa
  • foursquare



We promise you, it will make a difference!

Give Today