Tár London Film Premiere 2022

Having achieved an enviable career few could even dream of, renowned conductor/composer Lydia Tár, the first female principal music director of the Berlin Philharmonic, is at the top of her game. As a conductor, Lydia not only orchestrates, she manipulates. As a trailblazer, the passionate virtuoso leads the way in the male-dominated classical music industry. Moreover, Lydia prepares for the release of her memoir while juggling work and family. She is also willing to take up one of her most significant challenges: a live recording of <a class="ipc-md-link ipc-md-link--entity" href="/name/nm0006178/">Gustav Mahler</a>'s Symphony No. 5. However, forces that even the imperious maestro can't control slowly chip away at Lydia's elaborate facade, revealing the genius's dirty secrets and the insidious, corrosive nature of power. What if life knocks Lydia off her pedestal?

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Set in the international world of Western classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra.

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Tár London Premieres UK PREMIERE

  • Status: Confirmed
  • Date:January 11, 2023
  • Location: Picturehouse Central, London
  • Attended by: Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, director Todd Field
  • Release in Cinemas: 2022-10-28
  • Runtime: 158 minutes

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Did you know ... ?

  1. The screams Lydia hears when jogging in the woods are audio of Heather Donahue from the climax of The Blair Witch Project (1999).
  2. Professional cellist Sophie Kauer had no prior acting experience and auditioned at the encouragement of a friend. She learned to act by watching Youtube tutorials hosted by Michael Caine.
  3. Cate Blanchett had to re-learn the piano, learned how to speak German, and learned how to conduct an orchestra for the film.
  4. The film begins in a mono sound mix and gradually adds more tracks as it goes on.
  5. Todd Field wrote the film specifically for Cate Blanchett and would not have made the film without her. They had previously planned to work on a different film that Field could not acquire financing for.
  6. The entire scene of Lydia teaching students at Juilliard is filmed in one unbroken take.
  7. Scenes of the Orchestra playing are completely 100% real. Cate Blanchett was actually conducting the Dresden Orchestra.
  8. When Lydia's tour guide tells her that she cannot swim in the river due to the presence of crocodiles, he mentions that "a Marlon Brando movie" brought them here, and they have been here ever since. He is referring to the film Apocalypse Now, which was shot in the Philippines.
  9. Focus Features told Todd Field that they would produce any film that he wanted as long as it was at a certain budget.
  10. Todd Field's first film since Little Children (2006).
  11. Some characters share their names with the movie's crew members. Francesca Lentini is the name of both Noémie Merlant's character and the New York City unit line producer. Sebastian Brix is the name of both the Allen Corduner assistant conductor and the first assistant director/co-producer (Sebastian Fahr-Brix).
  12. On the flight to Berlin, Lydia opens a gift from Krista, which is the novel Challenge by Vita Sackville-West. In the novel, based on the author's real-life romance, Sackville-West flips her gender and depicts herself as a man. In Tár, soon after this scene, Lydia approaches one of Petra's classmates by introducing herself as Petra's father.
  13. After Lydia Tár falls from grace and moves to Southeast Asia, she ends up conducting her new orchestra in the score for the wildly popular Japanese video game series Monster Hunter for audience of cosplayers.
  14. When Mahler's 5th Symphony is introduced in the film, it is heralded in by a sudden cut to a loud burst of music. When Lydia attacks Elliot at the concert toward the end of the film during a performance of Mahler's 5th, the attack occurs during the same chord, making it the first and last chord played by the orchestra in the film.
  15. Throughout the film Lydia is stalked by the "ghost" of Krista and potentially other women, and can be seen directly at least twice: first in the background kitchen when Lydia enters her apartment, and later at night sitting in the corner of the room as Lydia gets up from her bed to comfort her daughter.

Where was Tár filmed?

Tár was set around this are the locations:

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dresden, Germany
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Carlyle Hotel - 35 East 76th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Southeast Asia




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