»Mr. Holland’s Opus meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.«
The Hollywood Reporter
A loving homage to the cult classics of the past, and a philosophical exploration about the nature of art. The tale of a genius provoked and pushed into madness and beyond, »The Maestro« tells the story of Arun, a composer and conductor who tried to make it in Europe but has ended up teaching spoiled high society children in Thailand. For years, he has been composing a magnum opus, »The Tongues of Angels«, and dreams of premiering it under his own baton. The pandemic is destroying his pipe dreams and forcing him to take control of his fate by other means. In the middle of nowhere, he moves into an old, haunted house and creates a utopia for talented young musicians. But things are getting out of hand.
Starring world-renowned conductor and composer Somtow Sucharitkul and his award-winning youth orchestra, the Siam Sinfonietta, the film was conceived during the outbreak of Covid, as with conservatories locked down and no concerts to play, only gatherings for film productions were allowed, and so the silver screen became their music school. An ode to freedom of creativity in times of Corona, director Paul Spurrier brings to the screen a work of transcendence, wildness and a touch of madness.
Starring alongside Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore, by the age of 12, he was one of the UK's best-known child actors. A grad of London Film School, his 1998 cult hit debut »Underground« was protested by then NY Mayor Giuliani. His 2nd, »P« was the first-ever Thai language film by a non-Thai. He’s the only 'western' writer/director working in the Thai language.