Film introduced by Otto Tausk, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Born in the Netherlands in 1902, then brought up in the US, Antonia Brico racked up several notable firsts: she was the first American to graduate from the Berlin State Academy of Music, and in 1938 she became the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. While her career as a pianist and conductor was long and impressive, her progress was impeded by sexism at every step. In this handsomely produced biopic, Christanne de Bruijn makes a convincing case not only for Brico’s musical gifts, but for her formidable strength of character. It’s an inspiring story that needed telling.
"The Conductor will fill your heart with love and hope while giving you something gorgeous to look at and listen to. It’s fierce, lovely, and complicated from start to finish, just like woman it portrays." Amber Emberwing, Slashfilm
Christanne de Bruijn, Benjamin Wainwright, Scott Turner Schofield, Richard Sammel, Seumas F. Sargent, Sian Thomas
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