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Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach Series
Yo-Yo Ma with Atom Egoyan

Feature film maker Atom Egoyan weaves a tale inspired by Bach's 4th Cello Suite.

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Directed by Atom Egoyan
Produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media
Cast: Yo-Yo Ma, Lori Singer, Arsinee Khanjian, Don McKellar, George Sperdakos, Jan Rubes

A missed limousine; a masterclass; a doctor's office; a recital. Inspired by the moods and emotions of Bach's Suite No. 4, Sarabande is a dramatic film written and directed by feature film director Atom Egoyan ("Felicia's Journey", "The Sweet Hereafter"). The film weaves together numerous stories in a series of coincidences intimating themes of generosity and exchange. The film examines the effect of music on the everyday lives of the characters and the value of music to healing, especially in relation to the Bach cello suites.

Other titles in the series are:

The Music Garden with Julie Moir Messervy - An exploration of Bach's music as interpreted through gardening.

The Sound of the Carceri with Piranesi - Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach in a virtual prison designed by Piranesi.

Falling Down Stairs with Mark Morris - Bach's 3rd Suite for Cello interpreted through dance.

Struggle for Hope with Tamasaburo Bando - Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando interprets Bach.

Six Gestures with Torvill and Dean - Ice dancers Torvill and Dean interpret Bach's Suite No. 6.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-287-X     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-736-0

"This wittily conceived little film displays maverick Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan in top form as he juggles a disparate group of intriguing characters through a series of teasing situations - an immensely satisfying medium-length drama of deceptive simplicity."

"Inspired it is, with its quirky characters and masterful editing and cinematography... SARABANDE is immediately engaging and intriguing and never predictable."
San Francisco International Film Festival Jury

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"An immensely satisfying medium-length drama of deceptive simplicity." Variety

Awards and Festivals
Golden Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival
Best Short Dramatic Program, Gemini Awards
Oslo International Film Festival
Semana International de Cine de Valladolid
Best Direction, Le Nombre d'Or-International Widescreen Festival, Amsterdam

Film Studies
Performing Arts
Social Psychology

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