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filmfest-2017-aspen-screenings
About This Project

ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 2:30 PM
Wheeler Opera House
320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

 

The dark and triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, nearly 90, and how she became a world famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Born in then Czechoslovakia, Ruzickova was a teenager when she was imprisoned first in Terezin concentration camp, then Auschwitz, and was transported to Bergen-Belsen before being liberated in April 1945. Remaining in the Czech Republic, but refusing to become a Communist, she was the target of sustained harassment under the regime, but her growing international reputation ultimately helped insulate her from imprisonment. A bestselling recording artist and renowned performer and teacher, the remarkable spirit and courage of this 90 year old artist is infused into every frame of the film. A compelling portrait of a remarkable woman, Zuzana’s story is at its best when she herself is telling it. Her charisma, charm, humor, and strength remain an inspiration to all. (USA, Czech Republic 2017)  Q&A with special guests Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels.

 

Directors  Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels

With Zuzana Ruzickova

 

Run Time: 1 hr 23 min.