iDOCS参展纪录片《The song of life》简介
Irene Langemann was born in the Soviet Union. She studied in Moscow. In 1980 she began working as playwright, actor, and film director. In 1983 she started working for the Russian Television and from 1986 on, she was the manager of the independent Nasch theater.
Irene Langemann left the country during the Perestroika period and moved to Germany. There she started working as an editorial journalist for the German TV station, Deutsche Welle. Since 1997 she has been working as a film director.
“The Song of Life” is a documentary which follows the work with seniors of German composer Bernhard König, who gives old people an active role in experimental music and singing. Directed by Irene Langemann and premiered in January 2013, the film has been praised by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth for its contribution to change the perceptions about old age.
While he was studying at the conservatory, German composer Bernhard König became fascinated with the "wrinkled and grumbly voices" of the elderly. From that moment on, he decided to dedicate himself to finding an environment in which those voices could be fully appreciated.
“The Song of Life” follows the work of König in two projects. In the Sonnenberg nursing home in Stuttgart, he gets elderly ladies and gentlemen to the piano or accordion and translates the stories of their past into modern arrangements. In Cologne, he leads a chorus of men and women over 70 years old and together they put themes taken from their own lives to music.
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