30.09. - 09.10.2021

Bach in Brazil Germany, Brazil 2015 | 92 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2015

Ansgar Ahlers

ANSGAR AHLERS (*1975) founded the production company forseesense in 1999. His full-length debut Bach in Brazil won both the Bernhard Wicki Prize and the NDR Film Prize for Newcomers at the Emden-Norderney International Film Festival.

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Former music teacher Marten Brückling (Edgar Selge) receives the news that he has inherited an original page of manuscript by the son of Johann Sebastian Bach from a childhood friend who emigrated to Brazil. Urged by his former colleague Marianne (Franziska Walser) Brückling flies to Ouro Preto, a colourful baroque town in the Brazilian mountains. Shortly before he sets off on his return journey, his luggage is stolen, containing all his papers and the Bach manuscript. The only person who speaks German is Candido, who works in the young offenders' centre and who will help him on one condition: Brückling should give the inmates music lessons. At first, the teacher hesitates, but then starts practising Bach with the young criminals. Then his luggage turns up again and Brückling's old life catches up with him. Bach in Brazil is a whimsical feel-good comedy about second chances and unexpected new beginnings.
Original title: Bach in Brazil
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German, Portuguese
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Ansgar Ahlers
Screenplay: Ansgar Ahlers, Soeren Menning
Cast: Edgar Selge, Franziska Walser, Peter Lohmeyer, Helene Grass, George Lenz, Hans Peter Korff, Aldri da Anunciação, Stephan Nercessian, Thais Garayp, Pablo Vinicius, Dhonata Augusto
Producer: Alexander Thies, Clemens Schaeffer, Leonardo M. Barros, Eliana Soárez
Director of Photography: Jörg Widmer
Music: Jan Doddema
Production Design:
Editor: Barbara Hennings
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor: NFP marketing & distribution GmbH
World Sales: Buena Vista International
Production: NFP*; Conspiraçao Filmes; Miravista; Forseesense
Contact: Christoph Ott, NFP marketing & distribution GmbH:


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