BOCA RATON, Fla.
- March 5, 2014
-- DocMiami International Film Festival in partnership with Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, present the documentary film, "Ida Haendel: This Is My Heritage." Directed by: Christine Jezior and edited by Oskar Jezior of Germany, the film is an honest account of growing older, a story of solitude and one's total devotion and love for music. Ida Haendel, widely considered one of the finest violinists of the 20th century, does not attach too much weight to exact dates. Her actual age remains one of the best-kept secrets in the music world. A Jewish Polish-born British citizen who managed to flee the Nazis right before the outbreak of the war, she has been residing in Miami since the early 80s and now considers it her home. She is a flamboyant character with a sharp sense of humor who doesn't mind presenting the high and low points of her eventful life in a profoundly honest way. She hasn't given up dreaming and searching yet. Her biggest wish is to be able to continue playing her beloved violin as long as possible. This special Screening will take place, at Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Presented by http://docmiami.org
, tickets for this film are available at http://willowtheatre.org
Ida Haendel, is a woman who defies age. Today, she says, she has more to offer as an artist than ever before. "Flamboyant"
is the word that first comes to mind when you meet the legendary violinist, Ida Haendel. In her turquoise pantaloons, rose-patterned high heels, white knit sweater and extravagant jewellery, she conducts one of her rare master classes. "I don't want to teach, I don't want to tell anybody else how they should play," she says when asked about the lessons. Yet for the duration of the class, Haendel manages to inspire, impress and encourage a group of some of the world's most talented young violinists. She uses Greta Garbo to make a point about how a crucial passage in César Franck's violin sonata should sound: "Greta Garbo would only give a sigh, and everyone around her would collapse from the power of its hushed meaning," she says. Then she takes a student's violin and plays the passage, proving her argument in sound, adding: "You give everything too soon, but less is more. It's about control and what comes next. Everything is a strategy, like a general preparing for war."