A Film by Paul Smaczny & Günter Atteln
Founded in 1212 the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig is one of the most famous and prestigious boys’ choirs in the world. This documentary accompanies “Die Thomaner”, aged between 9 and 18 years old, over a period of one year. Their unique world, from motets to boarding school and the football pitch, is distinguished by success, pressure to perform, doubt, pride, homesickness, and friendship. The film charts the breadth of the boys’ experience from the classroom to traveling on tour to South America.
Two tracks from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” performed by the choir for which it was written – St. Thomas Boys Choir – in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig,
where the composer worked and is buried.
No. 1 Chor: “Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen”
No. 39 Arie (Alto): “Erbarme dich”
“A sensitive, magnificent documentary that makes the hairs on your neck stand on end.” – Hamburger Abendblatt
“Impact of Music Award” at Nashville Film Festival 2012
“Best Soundtrack” at Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIFF) 2012