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Imposed Piece
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Brecht Vanhoenacker

IMAGE

Maximiliaan Dierickx

SON

Kristof Lebrun, Claudio Mendonck

MONTAGE

Dieter Diependaele

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Caviar

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Wide House

ISAN : ISAN 0000-0005-6E3A-0000-F-0000-0000-T
COMMENT VISIONNER CE FILM ?

À l’écart du monde extérieur, dans un écrin de verdure, des jeunes gens s’exercent à jouer une pièce imposée au violon, d’une technicité redoutable. Ces jeunes gens sont les 12 finalistes du prestigieux concours Reine Elisabeth et durant une semaine, La Chapelle sera leur seule résidence. Parmi eux, la Coréenne Ji Yoon Lee se sent désemparée face à la difficulté du travail, face aux limites de son corps, à cet isolement volontaire mais également aux différences culturelles qu’elle devra affronter jusqu’au bout.

The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a prestigious music contest alternately held for young violinists, pianists and singers in Brussels. Imposed Piece follows the 12 finalists at the 2015 violin competition. In addition to a well-known violin concerto, they also have to perform a work composed specially for the competition’s finale. They practice for eight days in complete isolation—they even have to turn over their phones—in a chapel surrounded by nature. Then there's the run-through with conductor Marin Alsop and rehearsals with the National Orchestra of Belgium. The beautifully shot and calmly edited film follows the competitors as they help one another, have breakfast together, experience doubts and practice incredibly hard for their compulsory (imposed) piece, which in 2015 was Aussi peu que les nuages by the Swiss composer Michael Jarrell—a difficult piece "with lots of notes and a very fast tempo." One South Korean violinist gets a pain in her arm from the eight-hour practice schedule, while another competitor admits that her legs always shake when they call her to the stage. Then, when the jury chairman announces the three winners, a confusing situation gives rise to even more tension.

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