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Argentinien 2008, R.: Gastón Solnicki, mit Mauricio Kagel, Ensemble Suden, Compania Oblicua, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Klara Csordas, Roland Hermann, Charles Maxwell, Mauricio Leoni, Sandro Gorli, Haydee Schwartz, Martin Moore. 67 Min., OmeU

One hundred and eleven cyclists arrive at famed opera house, Teatro Colón, to welcome Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008), an Argentinian native and one of the fore¬most composers of the 20th Century. Though he migrated in Germany in 1957. his innovative music remains an inspiration to a large number of progressive Argentinian musicians.

In 2006, Kagel returns to Buenos Aires for a festival bearing his name, where he is to direct a major concert by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, as well as interact with a group of young and enthusiastic musicians devoted to his body of work, the Ensamble Süden. Filmmaker Gastón Solnicki is on hand to capture Kagel’s visit on film and the re¬sulting documentary, Süden, chronicles the composer’s efforts in working direct¬ly with the musicians as well as reflecting the state of modern music in Argentina. The documentary is a universally human story notable for its ability to capture the imaginations of even those who are less than enamored of contemporary music.

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