“Il Boemo” by Petr Václav: trailer for the world premiere of San Sebastian

He died alone and abandoned, and few people know his name today, but in the second half of the 18th century, Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781), the son of a Czech miller, severed family ties and left Prague to become Venice the most important opera composers of his time.

Award-winning Czech director Petr Václav (“The Way Out”) has created a sumptuous historical piece, rich in costumes and the sounds of live music, recorded for the film by Czech ensemble Collegium 1704. Not to mention performances from real-life opera stars.

Soloists from the musical world are French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, Hungarian soprano Emöke Baráth, Italian soprano Raffaella Milanesi, Slovak soprano Simona Šaturová and opera singers Juan Sancho, Krystian Adam and Sophie Harmsen.

Václav began working on the film in 2010, when he spent a year and a half searching the archives to uncover the rise and fall of his late compatriot.

Shared exclusively in the trailer Diversity, As in the film, one can see Václav’s love for the costumes, furniture and music of this era. DPs Diego Romero and Suarez Llanos bring Václav’s screenplay and Andrea Cavalletto’s costumes to life through the Italian cities where Mysliveček made his name, from Venice to Naples, where most of his work was performed.

In addition to the drama of a man whose love for a noble woman is channeled into his music, there are even raging scenes in full costume.

The trailer comes ahead of the film’s world premiere on September 19 in the main competition at the San Sebastián Film Festival.

https://variety.com/2022/film/festivals/il-boemo-petr-vaclav-san-sebastian-1235374800/ “Il Boemo” by Petr Václav: trailer for the world premiere of San Sebastian

Charles Jones

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