Günter Atteln: The Lost Paradise – Arvo Pärt/ Robert Wilson

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March 3, 2018
Segal Theatre

Photo by Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi, Accentus Music

Saturday 3 | 12:00pm | Segal Theatre

Germany | 2015 | 56 minutes | directed by Günter Atteln/Accentus Music

He is the most performed contemporary composer in the world. And yet he rarely ventures out in public, prefers to keep quiet about his music, feels at home in the forests of Estonia and generates therewith – perhaps involuntarily – the impression of a recluse, which is attributed to him again and again: Arvo Pärt. In The Lost Paradise, we follow him over a period of one year in his native Estonia, to Japan and the Vatican. The documentary is framed by the stage production of Adam’s Passion, a music theater piece based on the Biblical story of the fall of Adam featuring three key works by Arvo Pärt. The world-renowned director Robert Wilson has brought this work to the stage in a former submarine factory in Tallinn. Tracing their creative process, the film offers rare and personal insights into the worlds of two of the most fascinating personalities in the international arts and music scene.


Photo by Gerd Mothes

Günter Atteln (b. 1971) studied musicology, psychology and economics in Oldenburg and Berlin. Alongside his studies, he started making a number of short films. After an internship with EuroArts Music, he was working as floor manager before directing his first full-length documentary Sexo Puro–The Spanish Composer Maria de Alvear in 1998. Since then, Günter has directed and authored a large number of documentaries, some of which have been awarded a variety of prizes, including Soulscapes, Die Thomaner, and his latest film Arvo Pärt – The Lost Paradise.

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