Igor Levit - No Fear
Direction: Regina Schilling
zero one film in Coproduction with ARTE/rbb.
Funded by Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Deutscher Filmförderfonds.
Rental: Piffl Medien
At 34, Igor Levit is an exceptional artist in the world of classical music. A young rebel, who - at the piano - transforms into a mature musician, an old soul. At age nine he arrived in Germany, a Jewish immigrant of Russian descent. Having an opinion and publicly expressing it, is not a choice, it is a survival strategy he pursues in his life and in his music. Igor Levit - No Fear follows the artist over two years as he explores his „life after Beethoven“, as he searches for his next challenge, his identity as an artist. We observe Levit recording new pieces, his intense immersion into the music, his collaborations with conductors, orchestras and recording artists, his warm embrace of the audiences. And then Covid hits. Having booked over 100 concerts all over the world, just to see them being cancelled one after another, Levit is among the first to adapt, establishing a musical lifeline between him and his community on instagram and twitter. And throughout this process, he discovers a new freedom, away from the constraints of touring, publishing and marketing.
Over the course of two years Igor Levit - No Fear accompanies the artist while he navigates his parcours between a traditional career in the classics, his need for activism and an uncertain path as a musician who connects and inspires.
Written and directed by Regina Schilling
Editing: Carina Mergens
Photography: Johann Feindt, Piotr Rosolowski, Axel Schneppat, Jule Cramer, Thomas Keller, Hajo Schomerus
Sound: Miguel Murrieta Vásquez, Christian Lutz, Filipp Forberg
Sound Design: Andreas Hildebrandt
Re-Recording: Matthias Lempert
Postproduction: Swen Linde, Uta Huerter, Ninette Botha
Line Producer: Tassilo Aschauer
Commissioning Editors: Christian von Behr, Martina Zöllner
Producer: Thomas Kufus