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Paul de Roo | 2021 | Belgium | 62 min

Mikhail Bezverkhni is a 73-year-old musician of Russian origin. In 1976 he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition for violin in Brussels. Back in Moscow, the KGB put him under house arrest for 14 years. Only in 1990, after the fall of the Soviet Union, was he able to emigrate to Belgium. ‘Misha’ lives apparently on the fringes of society – a shabby street musician who plays beautiful pieces from the repertoire of great composers. But, his appearance only conceals his ambivalent relationship to his public. He no longer wants to stand on large stages; he prefers to play in small halls, in churches, pubs and on the street.

UK Premiere


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