BEETHOVEN’S HAIR traces the unlikely journey of a lock of hair cut from
Beethoven’s corpse and unravels the mystery of his tortured life and
death. The film begins in modern times when a pair of Beethoven
enthusiasts named Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara purchase the hair at a
Sotheby’s auction. The story unfolds tracing the past generations of
owners, culminating in the futuristic science that reveals Beethoven’s
“medical secret”. Set to a lush score of some of Beethoven’s most
glorious music, the film explores the world of forensic testing in sharp
relief against the romance of 19th century Vienna and the horrors of
20th century Nazi Germany. Based on Russell Martin’s best-selling book,
this is the story of characters separated by time and place, whose only
connection is an unlikely relic that touched each of their lives -
Beethoven’s hair. Along the way, this film sheds new light upon the
cause of Beethoven’s various maladies, including his deafness, as well
as accounting for his volatile personality and perhaps even the nature
of his great art.
BEETHOVEN´S HAIR was awarded with 3 GEMINI AWARDS at the 20th Annual
GEMINI AWARDS Gala from Nov. 17th-19th, 2005. Nominated in 5 categories -
direction, photography, sound, writing, image editing - this
co-production of RHOMBUS MEDIA and DOR FILM could bring 3 awards home!
This prize is the Canadian EMMY and is awarded by the ACADEMY OF
CANADIAN CINEMA AND TELEVISION.
BEETHOVEN´s HAIR was awarded with the
Festival's Director Prize at the Golden Prague International Television
Festival 2005 and is selected for the IDFA 2005.