Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Curt Faudon brings to life a never before seen, intimate view of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the most famous boys’ choir in the world. Being a combination between fly-on-the-wall documentary and cinematic elements this multi-layered feature film takes us on a journey around the world and even back into time, experiencing the boys’ nomadic lifestyle through their very own eyes. Interlaced with a tongue-in-cheek filmed collage we go back in time and witness the imperial choir singing at the Augsburg Reichstag in 1518 with Albrecht Dürer and Martin Luther present as well as acts in front of Napoleon III of France and Maria Theresa of Austria and other historical performances in the choir’s 510-year history, brought to life by rich costumes and state-of-the-art special effects.
The film takes the viewer for a whirlwind spin around the world and deep into the choir’s history, with music to match. Faudon deftly changes locations, music, sounds, and moods, matching the choristers’ own fast pace of life and continually surprising the viewer with music or offbeat facts from the choir’s rich past or frank interviews with insights from the boys - straight from the horse’s mouth. Experience a touching coming-of-age-story, breathtaking musical performances and awe-inspiring international locations along the Silk Road with tidbits of mystery. The musical offerings, culled from the choir‘s long tradition and musicological field research, come in Latin, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Marathi, Maori, Savo Finnish, Tajik, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, and German. Most of the pieces have not been recorded by the Vienna Boys‘ Choir before.
Sound Format: Dolby Digital 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Audio Languages: DE, GB, FR, ES, IT, JP
Subtitle Languages: DE, GB, FR, ES, IT, JP
Running Time: 86 mins
“The straightforward documentary footage, including interviews and rehearsal and concert sequences, is spiced with staged, scripted vignettes of life in the choir, impressively authentic-looking historical reconstructions, and episodes mixing fact and fantasy on the Silk Road.”