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Mstislav Rostropovitch, l'archet indomptable

Bruno Monsaingeon / FR, 2017 / 80 min.

Rare archival footage featuring the world-renowned cellist Rostropovich. Screened in the presence of director Bruno Monsaingeon, the film will be followed by a Q&A. Preceding the screening, Ukrainian cellist Aleksey Shadrin will perform a solo recital (20') of work by Shostakovich.

Mstislav rostropovitch larchet indomptable

The Russian master cellist Mstislav Rostropovich already enjoyed international fame in the 1950s. Eventually, he was forced to leave his native country in 1974 due to his public support of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who had been expelled from the Soviet Union for The Gulag Archipelago. Stripped of his citizenship by the Soviet regime, Rostropovich established himself in Paris and in Washington DC, where his status as a living legend and human rights defender continued to grow.

In order to tell Rostropovich's extraordinary story, filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon sought out rare archival footage and new testimonies from people close to the cellist, such as his daughters Olga and Elena and friends like Natalia and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

cello & film

For the third year running, EYE presents the mini-festival Cello & Film in association with the Cello Biennale Amsterdam, from 20-26 September 2018. An extraordinary music film programme featuring new cello music performed to silent films, feature films, documentaries, special guests and premieres.



Bruno Monsaingeon

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Mstislav Rostropovitch, l'archet indomptable


80 min.