Gedeck to play Clara Schumann

Sanders-Brahms wrote, directs

BERLIN — The turbulent love life of German pianist Clara Schumann is the focus of a new European production helmed and penned by Helma Sanders-Brahms.

Pic, which begins principal photography this month in Hungary, stars Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others”) and French thesp Pascal Greggory (“La Vie en rose”) as her husband, composer Robert Schumann.

The French-language production explores the difficulties of the Schumanns’ marriage as they move to Dusseldorf in 1850, where Robert grows increasingly ill and Clara ever more in enraptured by the much younger composer Johannes Brahms, played by French actor Malik Zidi (“Poison Friends”).

Alfred Huermer’s Integral Film is producing the German-French-Hungarian co-production. Pic is backed by regional and federal subsidies Filmstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the BKM and FFA, as well as Euro film org Eurimages.

“Clara” will also shoot on location in the state of North Rhein-Westphalia.

Munich-based Concorde will release the film domestically.

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