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Documentary 80' 2022

One day I saved a cello from a waste container. The instrument turned out to be 100 years old. Somehow it had travelled from Saint Petersburg to Copenhagen. On the way there had been the Russian revolution and two world wars. I couldn’t stop wondering, who had made it? What music had been played on it? Why did it end up alone? I decided to take the Cello under my arms and start a journey together. On our voyage through the 20th century we meet violin makers, musicians, composers and musicologists. Each person can reveal something new about the Cello, its background and the historical context. Each rendezvous changes the way the director sees her instrument. Towards the end, the Cello learns it is not alone. With the director, it finds its place in the orchestra. Now the music can begin.



Jouko Aaltonen & Oona Saari / Illume Oy

To be released in 2023


Finnish Film Foundation 

The Foundation for Music Promotion, Finland

Finnish-Danish Cultural Foundation

Art Promotion Centre Finland

Nipkow Program

Presented at 

DocPoint Finest Market 2022

Finnish Film Affair 2021 

Baltic Sea Docs Forum 2021 

Nordisk Panorama Doc Forward 2021 

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