A Slovenian brass band goes on tour to its peaceful Austrian twin town to perform at a traditional local brass music festival. Hardly arrived, however, not everything is going as planned. Not even for the hosts …
An extremely entertaining milieu study in which both Slovenians and Austrians get their just deserts without falling into plain stereotypes.
Orchestra is my most personal feature film because the story revolves around the people and orchestra from my hometown. For years, I would travel with the exact orchestra you can see in the film as an observer. This film is not a documentary, but rather a fiction film with a real-life orchestra. As a filmmaker, I wanted to capture the atmosphere of an orchestra on tour: I wanted to show the feeling of freedom, partying, and days of careless fun as well as explore all the aspects of a band tour. How the members of the orchestra see it. How the Austrian hosts see it. And how the wives back home experience it. In Orchestra, I was most interested in the culture clash between two nations and the generational clash within the orchestra. Real-life events usually involve several perspectives but merely a single truth, so I wanted to explore this in Orchestra. The film is in black and white, but it is not ʻblack in whiteʼ as far as the feeling is concerned. It has all the colours of the bittersweet real life.