ARVO PÄRT: EVEN IF I LOSE EVERYTHING
Dorian Supin, 2016 | 89 minutes
This riveting documentary offers an intimate and sensitive portrait of the legendary, internationally renowned contemporary Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, revealing the maestro’s philosophy of life and his creative process, as well as presenting his playful, humorous side in ordinary life in scenes with his family and friends. The title of the film, “Even if I lose everything…” is derived from a line Pärt wrote in his diary (which he calls his ‘workbooks’), in which he speaks eloquently about the sustaining, nourishing, transcendent presence of music. In the course of decades, along with his work on musical texts, he has filled those workbooks with his contemplations, his moments of grief and joy, his discoveries, and with everything that can be interpreted as revelations of the inner life of an artist. An absolute must-see for Pärt afficianados in particular, and for music lovers in general. Astonishing.