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Ara Malikian: A Life Among Strings

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

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The professional trajectory and personal story of Ara Malikian, a multifaceted violinist of Lebanese origin and Armenian roots.

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Directed by Nata Moreno

Documentary Feature / Spain / 89 mins

Strand: Raindance Symphony Orchestra

UK Premiere

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“People like Ara are born every thousand years. They’re those beings that appear once in a blue moon and […] how he plays gets to your soul.” This is how a friend describes Ara Malikian, the genius musician, whose undying passion for the violin is here revealed. Ara’s journey is told chronologically from his musical upbringing, to his escape from the Lebanese war, and the start of his education in Germany. Eventually, Ara’s career leads him to become concertmaster for the Madrid Symphony Orchestra. But of course, being an eccentric musician doesn’t come without its price, and Ara faces difficulties in refusing to conform musically, adopting Klezmer and flamenco into his classical repertoire. Even jokingly called the ‘anti-concertmaster’, Ara struggled as both his image and performance seemed to contradict the idea of what a central figure of a classical orchestra should be like.

Interspersed with photographs and live music footage, ARA MALIKIAN explores the fine line between Ara’s personal life and professional achievements. The film cuts between original classical performances and Ara’s own interpretation of them. This shows Ara’s desire to not copy the masters but to bring his own character and life to them. Told with joy and introspection, Ara Malikian explores the dedication needed and sacrifices it takes to become a professional musician.

Ellie Steiner

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Credits:

Director: Nata Moreno

Writer: Nata Moreno, Nacho R. Piedra

Producer: Kokoro Films

Executive Producer: Amelia Hernández

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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