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Anna teaches violin at a music school, her husband is an instrument-maker. They have a 10-year-old son, Jonas. At the entrance exams only Anna champions young Alexander, in whom she alone sees great talent. She devotes much energy and attention preparing him for the next-stage exam to prove she was right. Soon Anna devotes more time to him than to Jonas, bringing the two boys into rivalry. At the same time her marriage is collapsing, she withdraws increasingly from her own family and starts an affair with her colleague Christian, who is encouraging her to join a quartet. When she fails during their joint concert the pressure mounts. With Alexander now her vehicle, she drives him ever onwards and upwards. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn...

Ina Weisse was born in Berlin in 1968. She trained to become an actress at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. Engagements followed at the Münchner Kammerspiele and at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. As an actress, she has appeared in numerous movies and TV films, including SNOWLAND, NOTHING BUT GHOSTS, and NEVER LOOK AWAY. For THE END OF A NIGHT and EIN GROSSER AUFBRUCH she received the German Television Award for Best Actress and the Adolf Grimme Prize in 2012 and 2016. After studying Philosophy in Heidelberg, she studied Directing at the University of Hamburg from 2000 to 2002. Her graduation film ALLES ANDERS was awarded with the First Steps Award 2002. Her feature film THE ARCHITECT, starring Josef Bierbichler, was shown at the Berlinale in 2009 and won the Best Screenplay Award at the Max Ophüls Film Festival. After her documentary THE NEUE NATIONALGALERIE, the German-French co-production THE AUDITION, featuring Nina Hoss is her latest feature.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Ina Weisse
Screenplay Ina Weisse, Daphne Charizani
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Nina Hoss, Simon Abkarian, Jens Albinus, Ilja Monti, Serafin Mishiev, Sophie Rois, Thomas Thieme
Producer Felix von Boehm
Co-Producers Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann
Production Company Lupa Film, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE, Idéale Audience, Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion
Length 99 min
Original Version
 German, French
Festivals San Sebastian 2019 (In Competition), Toronto 2019 (Discovery), Philadelphia 2019, Stockholm 2019
Awards Silver Shell for Best Actress (ex aequo) & Ateneo Guipuzcoano Award San Sebastian 2019, Best Actress Stockholm 2019
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Motion Picture Fund, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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