The author, reveals his new and probable last challenge to the instrument to which he dedicated most of his life, the production of an unprecedented recording of the great “Sonata for guitar” of the Spanish composer Antonio José, recognized as the most difficult sonata to perform on the instrument.
In addition to the tribute provided with the discographic collection, the documentary aims to provide both visual and audio record on the unknown repertoire and the tragic life journeys of the composers.
For a better understanding on this tragic reality this documentary provides a more intimate characterization by revealing details about the life’s and work of each individual.
In favor of the integrity of the innovative interpretation, Viegas investigates the life and work of the composer, in order to know his professional trajectory and artistic influences, when he comes across documentation claiming that Antonio José had been shot at 33, a victim of the Spanish civil war.
The desire to interpret his work is overwhelmed by intrigue facing what happened, which leads him to develop an investigation about composers who may have suffered a similar fate. This investigation leads to a disturbing reality, gradually discovering hundreds of cases of composers who lost their lives prematurely in war scenarios.
Upon learning about these incidents, Mickael feels the duty to share this reality with the world, which lead him to change his original project to one with a global dimension:
The development of a philanthropic project that consists on compiling a record collection with music by all these erudite composers, mainly forgotten, aiming to share this cultural legacy giving them the highlight place and creative merit that is due to them.
The author embarks on a journey around Europe with the challenging mission of rescuing the scores that survived the war hostilities, learning the composers stories, places and contexts in which the tragedies took place. Supported by several institutions, local musicians, holocaust survivors and composers relatives, all determined to bring the project to life.
As soon as the recordings are completed, a great concert is produced to celebrate the composers and their finally recorded music, a series of world premieres performed live by Mickael and his guests, internationally renowned musicians, who speak together for the same cause. The concert ends with the unpublished version of Antonio José Sonata, the driving force behind this epic journey.
2022 September - October
Lisbon, exteriors and Mickael Viegas home
4 weeks footage in Europe according to the filming plan
Show production Live concert
2023 January - March
London Holocaust Survivors Interviews
Amsterdam Leo Smit Foundation
Haia Netherlands Instituut
Western Front Line WWI
Strasbourg Natzweiler-Struhof Concentration Camp
Wulzburg Concentration Camp
Dachau Concentration Camp
Mauthausen Concentration Camp
Prague Jewish Museum
Terezín Concentration Camp
Warsaw Muranów Guetto
Trebelinka Concentration Camp
Sobibor Concentration Camp
Majdanek Concentration Camp
Belzec Concentration Camp
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Vienna Exil Arte
Kerestinec Concentration Camp
Jasenovac Concentration Camp
Structuring of an interview and press release plan with audiovisual content to enhance the dissemination and promotion of the project among various media broadcasts - Television, Radio, Online, Prints, Apps, among others.
It is intended to share an immediate personal perspective and exclusive content through the Instagram platform. This profile will allow the audience to follow the various phases of the project, posting selected and specific content to immerse the public in the project, contextualizing it with the theme.
At first the platform will have a strong promotional purpose, acting as an organic and effective way of engaging with the public.
• Tracks studio recordings capture of moments on studio, interviews with invited artists, clarifications of musical scopes, etc.
• Presentation of the composers creation of mini biographies about each composer.
• Historical contextualization articles that contextualize the project from historical point of view - dates, places, wars, events, etc.
• Documentary behind the scenes filming in Europe, interviews, exclusive testimonials
• Concerts pre-production of the show, behind the scenes and tour back stage, etc.
Given the philanthropic nature of the project, as a way of involving the audience with the theme, the distribution of the film is going to be first introduced in Official Halls of cultural propagation such as.
• Cultural centers
• Concerned institutions
• Emblematic war history related places
• National and International circuits and renounced film festivals*
• *See list of festivals
• Content acquisition by digital streaming platforms - Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Plex, Hulu, etc - with the aim of making the documentary accessible to anyone, so that this initiative achieves the intended purpose, calling for collective awareness of the consequences of war for the survival of humanity and the preservation of its culture.
• Commercialization of rights to cultural TV channels.
Cannes Film Festival
Cambridge Film Festival
Douro Film Harvest
Artic Film Festival
International Festival Off Camera
JEwish Motifs Internacional Film Festival
Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Locarno International Film Festival
London International DOC Festival
Message to Man
Moscow international Film Festival
New Horizonts Film Festival
Reykjavik Film Festival
San Sebastian Film Festival
Sarajevo Film Festival
Stockholm Film Festival
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival
Subversive Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Warsaw Film Festival
Big SkyDOC Film Festival
The Boston Jewish Film Festival Sundance