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Oil on linen, 100 x 81cm, 2012

Private collection

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GENRE : Psychological drama

YEAR : 1999


STARRING : Stephen Fry, Emily Blunt, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch

MUSIC BY : Tan Dun, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ludwig van Beethoven

PRODUCTON : Focus Features



Spring 1975. Despite the official recognition of his work and the subsequent honours lavished upon him, the composer Dmitri Shostakovich remains affected by the memories of the Stalin era and its persecutions. He’s sick and struggles to complete a sonata for alto and piano, which he knows will mark the epitome of his career. His work comes to a halt and inspiration falls short when a young woman expecting a child moves in next door to his flat in the cooperative building of the composers Union. Struck by the likeness of the pregnant neighbour with a lady violinist he once loved in his youth, Shostakovich finds himself swept away by a wave of nostalgia, haunted by the recurrent vision of a child ice-skating on a frozen lake…




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