Film Info: Nach der Musik

Father's Music, A (Nach der Musik)

Father's Music, A
Scene from "A Father's Music" (photo courtesy of filmkombinat Nordost)

The Berlin conductor Otmar Suitner had two families: one in the East, one in the West of the divided city. Sixteen years after the Wall came down he had to retire, the music has disappeared from his life. This film is the son's journey to the father, discovering his art and exploring the hidden sides of their family story. Father and son travel together for the first time to find out what is left after the music.


Igor Heitzmann was born in 1971 in Rendsburg. After studying Piano and Theater Studies, he worked as an assistant director, script editor, translator and production assistant for Medias Res/Berlin. He then took up studies at the German Academy of Film & Television (dffb) in Berlin from 1995-2006. His films include: Insanity Increasing (short, 1996), Anthropophobia (short, 1997), La Petite Mort (short, 1998), Family (short, 2000), Runaway (short, 2002), and A Father’s Music (2007).
Genre History, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2007
Director Igor Heitzmann
Screenplay Igor Heitzmann
Cinematography Rali Raltschev
Inge Schneider
Producers Jens Koerner, Oliver Niemeier, Thomas Riedel
Production Company Filmkombinat/Berlin, in co-production with Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz
Length 105 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2007 (In Competition), Achtung Berlin 2007 (In Competition), Nyon 2007 (In Competition), Documenta Madrid 2007 (In Competition), Montreal 2007, Vancouver 2007, Sofia 2008, Cracow 2008
Awards Silver Horn for Best Direction Cracow 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Land Tirol, Stadt Innsbruck

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