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The Concert

37. The Concert

Russian, French // 119 min // 2009 // Radu Mihaileanu

In the midst of the Cold War Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, is fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Reduced to a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there.  On a whim, he decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra.

The Wind Rises

36. The-Wind-Rises

Japanese // 126 min // 2013 // Hayao Miyazaki

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war.