The violin is one of the preferred instruments in the classical orchestra. Despite the fact that it is technically difficult to master, the violin is extremely popular in music schools.
Cinemateket’s Sunday matinee in May devotes an entire afternoon to the beloved violin; both as it is handled by a young, talented girl and a great virtuoso alike.
In the Oscar-nominated short film 'Joe's Violin' (2016) we follow an old Jewish man who survived a labor camp in Siberia during WW2. His family has always played music. Now he is old and wants to donate his precious violin to a school for socially disadvantaged girls in New York. This school works with music as the focal point in education in order to meet their students socially. In the film we experience the unusual friendship between the old man and a talented African-American teenage girl who receives the violin with great love.
In the film portrait 'Itzhak Perlman: Virtuoso Violinist (I Know I Played Every Note)' we get very close to one of the world's best violinists, the Israeli-American Itzhak Perlman. He was born in Tel Aviv and began playing the violin at the age of 3. When he was four, he was stricken with polio, but in spite of the disease he chose to stick with what lay closest to his heart: music. He entered the renowned Juilliard School in New York and has achieved a major international career in music. In the film we meet him both as a loving family man, a virtuoso soloist and an engaging teacher. We also see him in collaboration with two other world stars, pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and violinist Pinchas Zukerman.
After the two films Jewish Culture in Copenhagen invites us to chocolate and whisky.