Directed by Percy & Felix Adlon, Germany, 2010, 98 min., digital projection.
Preceded by Adlon’s documentary MusikMachen (MusicMaking) featuring Esa Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Percy Adlon, who delighted audiences with Bagdad Café and Sugarbaby, is back in rare form with Mahler on the Couch.
This passionate and witty film is a portrait of the fascinating, fevered and doomed marriage beween Gustav Mahler and wife Alma.
Adlon tells their story through the seriocomic lens of Sigmund Freud, whom the freaked-out Mahler consults in Amsterdam after discovering that Alma has had an affair with the young architect Walter Gropius
”Moving, surprisingly funny, and filled with Mahler’s sublime music, Adlon’s movie is a sensory feast."
Preceding the feature, we will show Adlon’s documentary MusikMachen (MusicMaking) featuring Esa Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The music lover can participate in the recording session with Ease-Pekka Salonen and his communication with Percy Adlon. Directors Percy and Felix Adlon talk about their concept of using Mahler's music for their feature film. The rehearsal and recording is illuminated with senes from the movie.
A special aspect of the session is the directors' request not only to record the full orchestra but also to isolate and record single instruments and groups that are usually part of the whole, the complete score.
Benedict Neuenfels who also shot the movie Mahler auf der Couch gives this fascinating experience his very personal visual signature.
Added by Goethe-Institut on May 2, 2011