Oscar-Winner THE LADY IN NUMBER 6 to Receive Toronto Premiere
The 2014 Academy Award-winning Canadian Documentary, THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE will receive its Toronto premiere on Sunday April 13, 2014 at the Al Green Theatre and the Miles Nadal JCC.
Winner of the Best Documentary Short Subject category, the 38 minute film tells the incredible story of Alice Herz Sommer, who was the world's oldest pianist and holocaust survivor. Alice shares her views on how to live a long and happy life. She discusses music, laughter and how to remain optimistic come what may.
The film features beautiful photographs and rare film footage that truly bring Alice's extraordinary story to life. The documentary was shot in Alice's Central London flat where, she relentlessly played her grand piano well into her 110th year. Although she was reticent at first to play for the cameras, she overcame her shyness and her immense talent is showcased with "a little bit of Bach." Her friends Anita Lasker Wallfisch and Zdenka Fantlova, a cellist and actress respectively, also join the discussion as they look back on their shared experiences. Sadly, Alice passed away exactly one week prior to the Oscars on February 23rd.
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. In the midst of the Second World War, Europe was plunged into years of bitter conflict and misery. During that time, Alice Herz Sommer suffered experiences that no human being should have to endure. Along with her son Raphael, she was taken to the Theresienstadt concentration camp while her mother and husband were taken to Auschwitz and Dachau, never to be seen or heard from again.
As a means to survive the terrors of the camp, Alice played over 100 concerts for her fellow inmates. Music preserved her mental sanity and her life. In her own words, she never tires of saying: "Music saved my life and music saves me still."
Tickets are only $10 and are available for purchase on the day of the screening, Sunday, April 13, at the theatre. The film will be screened four times-12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm-and following each screening, the audience is invited to participate in a Q & A session with director Malcolm Clarke and Executive Producer Frederic Bohbot.