Director: FILIP TERLECKI Genre: KIDS/FAMILY Language: ENGLISH
Year: 2014 Country: CANADA Runtime: 14.24 min
Premiere: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Corner)
SYNOPSIS: To raise money to cover costs for their sick dog, two whimsical girls, Maya and Olivia, stage a violin concert in a city square and persuade the mysterious Grandpa Nick to play. When they attempt to entice an audience to listen, they discover that passersby are interested only in the renowned violin prodigy playing in a nearby concert hall, not Grandpa Nick. However, after the performances end, we learn who the master really is and come to realize that appearances can be deceiving.
The story for The Master is loosely inspired by a real life event in which the Washington Post organized a “cultural experiment” and invited one of the world's greatest violinists to play a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin for spare change while disguised at a subway station in order to see how ordinary people would react.
For nearly an hour on the morning of January 12, 2007, concert violinist Joshua Bell stood undercover on a Washington, D.C. subway platform and played classical music for passersby. "No one knew it," confessed Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten after the event, "but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made." : wapo.st/1bThy9c