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Arvo Pärt - Even if I lose everything (2015)

Original title: Arvo Pärt - isegi kui ma kõik kaotan

Documentary Duration 89:48


“Even if I lose everything…,“ Arvo Pärt has written in his workbook. He calls the diary his workbooks. In the course of decades, along with work at musical texts, he has filled those workbooks with his contemplations, with his moments of grief and joy, with his finds, discoveries, worries and experience – with everything that might be called the inner life of an artist.
In our film, Arvo Pärt, together with Immo Mihkelson, deciphers his notes in those workbooks – a fascinating and interesting activity. There are things that are incomprehensible, but there are also things that are edifying. Every record may evoke thoughts, recollections, discoveries. We can see a person who is looking for his way. And we can understand that the way is a narrow one.
The film contains a lot of so-called home videos. Arvo Pärt is a kind and hard-working, good-humoured and caring person, composer, husband, father, grandfather.
“Even if I lose everything…, “Arvo Pärt has written in one of his workbooks. What is he talking about?
Does it mean that for him, “everything“ has no value any more?
Does it mean that there exists something quite different, a treasure, that one may give up “everything” for?
What kind of treasure is that?
That is what our film is telling about.

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