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9th(2013)
Appassionata
Switzerland | 2012 | 82min | HD | COLOR | Documentary

PROGRAM NOTE

Alena Cherny is a concert pianist through and through. She raised in rural Ukraine, her mother sent her to boarding school in Kiev at the age of nine – a childhood far from home. Following the trauma of Chernobyl and a leukaemia, she relocated to Switzerland, leaving her daughter at home with her parents. Today she is an established artist, and wants to fulfil her heart’s desire: to donate a piano to the music school in the village where she was born. Alena sets off with her instrument on a journey into her past. She visits her mother, the places of her childhood, her boarding school and Chernobyl. Appassionata is a portrait of a strong woman and her passion.

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DIRECTOR

Christian Labhart

Born in 1953 in Zurich, Switzerland. He worked in lighting and as assistant cameramen for Condor Film(1972~74). In 1974 he received a teaching degree and taught in Zurich until 1980. Since 2000, he has worked as an independent filmmaker with his film Kinder in Kosova. Appossiomata is his 7th film. 
Producer
: Paul Riniker
Cast
: Alena Cherny
Screenwriter
: Christian Labhart
Cinematography
: Gabriel Sandru
Editor
: Caterina Mona
Sound
: Reto Stamm, Dieter Lengacher
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