CONCERTO directed by Cristina Cassidy 75min.
Concerto follows the lives of Charles and Christopher Rex, from their childhood days in Orlando, Florida, to their prestigious careers as top symphony musicians. The common thread throughout the film is their conflicted relationship with their father, Charles Gordon Rex, a brilliant man but tortured man who longed to be a composer but whose demons thwarted his success. Stricken with polio at three that left him a paraplegic, their father suffered physically and mentally throughout his life. He pushed the boys abusively to reach the heights of fame that he felt he could never attain. Over the years, the brothers, plagued by their father's abuse, and at the same time influenced by his musicality, came to terms with their past. At the end of the film, they perform a double concerto written for them by the late American composer Stephen Paulus, with the South Dakota Symphony. On on the same program, an orchestral piece by their father is premiered.
Interviews with famous musical personalities such as Maestro Zubin Mehta, Yo-Yo Ma, and the musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, give us a sense of the level of virtuosity the brothers have reached and the respect they command among their peers. Interviews with family members and friends, blended with home movies, personal family photos and audio recordings enrich the personal side of the story. Several national symphony orchestras and regional chamber music groups are featured. However, one does not have to be a lover of classical music to be touched by this film, which leaves us at the end wondering, "Are we who we are because of our past, or in spite of it?"
DALÍ’S LAST MASTERPIECE directed by David Pujol 57min.
This film examines Dalí, his artwork, his philosophy and his persona, as well as his latest creation, the Dalí Theatre-Museum, where he transferred his universe and where he projected his imagination, his dreams and visions, and condensed a life devoted to art.