L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
Metanoia – the word itself – means beyond thought; to broaden and change the way of seeing. Metanoia, which crosses both time and borders with the works of Giacomo Puccini, Arvo Pärt, Alexander Borodin, Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Ennio Morricone, is steeped in this concept: From Puccini, who only wrote one sacred work on account of the Almighty God” commanding him to write only for the stage”, to Bach, who possessed an astonishing ability to make us experience transcendence using the simplest of elements, to Pärt, whose ten-year creative crisis birthed a new, highly original musical language. Together with her ensemble, K, the choir Sequenza 9.3, and violinist Manon Galy, Simone Menezes travels across Italy and invites us to experience the thought-transcending aspects of music, and to uncover the personal journeys of Metanoia of some of the greatest figures in music and art.
Director Paul Smaczny
Editing Nina Mühlenkamp
Camera Michael Boomers, Nico Kutzner, Ulf Wogenstein

In Partnership with


• Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Sunday, march 19, 2023, 02:00 p.m. — 04:00 p.m.


Paul Smaczny

Paul Smaczny

Emmy” prize-winner Paul Smaczny studied law, Romance languages and Germanic studies in Regensburg and Paris. After graduation he first threw in his lot with the theatre, working as director’s assistant and dramaturge in France from 1986 to 1989.

In 1989 he switched his allegiance to film and television, directing and editing numerous international documentaries notably in the classical music sector, among them: Claudio Abbado – Hearing the Silence. Sketches for a Portrait” (Best Portrait, FIFA; Grand Premier Prix, Festival International du Film d’Art, Paris), Entre-Quatre-z-Yeux” , Maestros in Democracy” , Multiple Identities – Encounters with Daniel Barenboim” (Special Jury Prize, Vienna TV Awards 2002), Knowledge is the Beginning – Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra” (among others International Emmy Award 2006/​Best Arts Documentary; FIPA D’OR Grand Prize 2007; 2007 Banff World Television Festival/​Best Arts Documentary) and El Sistema” (among others Grand Prix Golden Prague, Temps d’Images Portugal Film Award).

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Other films:
From the visible to the invisible (2022)
Finding your own Voice (2017)
How Bach Defeated Mao (2016)
Bach Goldberg Variations (2014)
A Journey For Life (2013)

In the same session

Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings

Sunday, march 19, 2023, 02:00 p.m.

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