Martha Argerich Evening Talks

A film by Georges Gachot

PRIX ITALIA 2002
Documentary on "Music and Arts"
 
GOLDEN PRAGUE 2002
Czech Crystal for best Documentary
Best Film, Student Jury
 
 PREMIO ASOLO
Per La Sezione Biografia D'Artista 2003
 
UNESCO"CITATION MUSIQUE"
26ième Festival Intl. du Film d'Art et Pédagogique 2002
 
36th NEW YORK EXPOSITION
of Short Film and Video 2002, "HONORABLE MENTION "
 
This film offers fans an insightful, unguarded portrait. (NYTimes, 2008)
 
What a treat. (Toronto Star, 2008)
 
For those who love music and admire Martha Argerich, this documentary will prove to be a passionate experience. (Fernando Lopez © LA NACION 2003)
 
"Martha Argerich, Evening Talks" shows the face of an impassioned, generous woman who intends to share her astonishing zest for life with us and all those who meet her. (yow © NYO, Visions du Réel, 2002)
 
For those who love music and admire Martha Argerich, this documentary will prove to be a passionate experience. (Fernando Lopez © LA NACION 2003)
Sehr berührend, diese anderthalb Stunden, die jetzt auf DVD verfügbar sind. (NZZ, 2008)
 
"Martha Argerich, Evening Talks" shows the face of an impassioned, generous woman who intends to share her astonishing zest for life with us and all those who meet her. (yow © NYO, Visions du Réel, 2002)
 
"Martha Argerich se livre pour la première fois, pudique mais généreuse, au coin d'une caméra...La légende est donc bel et bien vivante. Derrière ses doutes, derrière cette chevelure à la fois souple et torsadée, se trament des souvenirs. Mais surtout une générosité qui n'appartient qu'à elle...C'est toute la dimension imprévisible du personnage qui éclate dans ce film. Tout son génie, aussi, sans parler des splendides archives de concerts." ( Julian sykes, © LE TEMPS 2002)

"The extreme honesty which she displayed was uniquely refreshing, and was reflected by the director´s approach. The boundaries often present between the interviews and musical sections were expertly merged creating an organic work which flowes from start to finish. This work captured the very essence of Martha Argerich, unfolding effortlessly like her performances." (© Student Jury of Golden Prague 2002)
 
An intimate glimpse into the life of one of the greatest concert pianists alive, the Argentinian Martha Argerich. Talent and dedication don't require histrionics: Argerich comes across as deeply sensitive and intelligent, in awe of her craft and those who have gone before her, paying particular homage to her teacher, Friedrich Gulda as well as the composers "who like her". The film takes us to Warsaw, where she won the Chopin competition as a young girl, and around the world, including her native Buenos Aires. Interspersed with these are casual moments of conversation in which she proves to be both remarkably unassuming and inspired. ( © South African Int. Documentary Film Festival, July 2002)
L'expression semble désuète mais s'impose ici plus que jamais: soyez tout ouïe. Pour le pure enchantement des morceau musicaux, la rareté de la parole, la richesse et la profondeur implicite de la confidence. Combien de points de suspension dans la conversation nocturne avec cette musicienne de génie qu'est Martha Argerich ? Combien de phrase inachevées, de mots abandonnés en suspens pour l'imaginaire de l'auditeur ? Il y a bien sûr cet accent argentin, naturellement dansant et effusif, que la rigueur du français contrarie et que le pragmatisme de l'anglais réprime. Mais surtout, ce rendez-vous médité par Georges Gachot a quelques chose de sauvage, de dérobé, d'évanescent. (Valérie Cadet © LE MONDE 2002)
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Produced by Georges Gachot, Idéale Audience, ARTE France, BR © 2002