48 hours – Khatia Buniatishvili and Zubin Mehta in Georgia

A film by Holger Preuße, 43 min. WDR/arte 2018

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The pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and conductor Zubin Mehta are both regarded as stars of classical music. Together, they travel to Khatia Buniatishvili’s home country of Georgia to the opening of a new international music festival. In two days, they are set to perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto together with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in an amphitheatre that is not yet finished. There are other challenges as well as conflicting views to overcome in their interpretation of the music. The film dramatically condenses the 48 hours leading up to the concert.