THE MUSIC TEACHER - FINNISH VERSION ONLY
Filmmaker Lauri Danska heads on a mission in order to find out whether he could re-connect with his past as a cellist.
Fifteen years ago I had an honour to become a student of Heikki Rautasalo, one of the most renowned cellist in Finland. Heikki was going through a difficult period in his life as he suffered from a serious illness. But nevertheless he agreed to teach me and became my mentor.
I felt there was something truly special about Heikki and I wanted to capture his wisdom on film. But soon after we had started filming Heikki passed away. Our documentary was never finished and I didn’t continue my career as a cellist either.
Ten years after Heikki’s departure I started to wonder whether I could finally bring my documentary into an end. What makes a great music teacher? Why the years I spent with Heikki had been so significant? As if I had learnt much more than just about playing music. I wanted to find the best cello teacher I could and then I bumped into Anja Maja..
Told through the eyes of the filmmaker, The Music Teacher explores the world of music teaching and relationships between teachers and students.
Duration: 30 min Commissioner: Ari Lehikoinen, Yle 2018
Director Lauri Danska
Cinematography Petri Krook, Raimo Uunila
Composer Mari Sainio
Story Consultant Henriikka Himma
Sound Recordist Tomi Dahlman, Ari-Pekka Heikkinen, Pekka Pylkkö
Editor Anne Halttunen
Sound Designer Tomi Dahlman
Graphic Designer Antti Kervinen
Colourist Marcus Lönnqvist
Production Manager Maija Roivainen
Producer / Commissioner Ari Lehikoinen