is based on the true story of the Dutch born Antonia Brico. In the late 1920’s, Antonia aspires to become the first woman to lead an orchestra but after she arouses the interest of Frank she is torn between ambition and love. She flees to Holland, where conductor Mengelberg tells her to see Karl Muck, who gets her accepted into the Berlin State Academy. Her debut is a success but the resulting furore forces her to return to the US, where the bias against women musicians inspires her to start a female orchestra.
After Maria Peters studied law, she graduated from the Dutch Film Academy with the short film <Alle Vogels Vliegen>. After her graduation, she was an assistant director for several films, such as the feature film, <Abel> by Alex van Warmerdam. She directed several films, three of them are still in the top 20 of the most successful Dutch films of the past two decades, making Maria one of the most successful Dutch screenwriters and directors.