Trento Symphonia

Trento Symphonia

Tridentská symfonie

Photography: Mathias Sabourdin, Eleonore Huisse
Editing: Flatform , Marco Forni
Sound: Benoît Fort
Music: Gustav Mahler, Matteo Pennese (musical erosion)
Actors, social actors: Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Pesaro, Coro del Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini, Fano (musical performance), Pupils of Liceo Scentifico e Musicale
Color: Colour
Language: No dialogue

Twilight removes details from the view of a mountain landscape, where an orchestra, with the help of living musical notes – children with music scores attached to their backs – plays Mahler’s 8th symphony. The figures move in a careful choreography so that they fade in harmony with the decomposition of music and fading distinguishability of the pictorial composition on which darkness falls.

Austrian composer Gustav Mahler was born in the Czech Highlands (Vysočina). He composed his Symphony No. 8, nicknamed the “Symphony of a Thousand”, in 1910, and dedicated it to his wife Alma with the inscription “Just imagine - the universe is starting to resound and be heard.”



It is sunset in a mountain landscape. An orchestra and a choir, along with a large group of adolescents who act as "living-music-stands", are filmed as they play the first part of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The musicians gradually begin to move in a precise choreography, led by their living-music-stands. As these movements are executed, disparate groups of musicians, singers, and living-music-stands begin to disappear along with the sounds that they emit. The music progressively becomes a sound object captured in the course of its own erosion, which corresponds to the slow dissolution of the landscape’s visibility due to the setting sun. Ultimately, the music as a sound object and the landscape as a visual object become identical, all while being completely transformed in regard to the starting configuration. Thus, in “Trento Symphonia", the landscape becomes a point of convergence between contemplation, correspondence, and imagination.

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Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Fascinations
Premiere Type: Czech Premiere
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard