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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair
Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair
Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair

Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair

director: Olga Špátová
original title: Můj pokus o mistrovský opus: Jakub Hrůša versus Věc Makropulos Leoše Janáčka
country: Czech Republic
year: 2015
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

At age 36, Jakub Hrůša was awarded the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for his contribution to presenting the work of Leoš Janáček – just a few meters from the place in Brno where the great composer wrote the score to The Makropulos Affair. Exactly one month after receiving the award, Hrůša makes his debut with the Vienna State Opera for a new production of the opera. A documentary about one of the most difficult tasks in the young conductor’s career.

more about film

director: Olga Špátová
producer: Kateřina Ondřejková
script: Olga Špátová, Milan Tesař
photography: Olga Špátová
editing: Šárka Sklenářová
music: Leoš Janáček
sound: Petr Provazník, Tomáš Kubec

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