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Directed by Pascal Cling, Prune Jaillet and Pierre-Olivier François

Documentary | 2017| 70 min

Produced by Louise Productions Vevey & Seppia Film


Clara Haskil shied away from media, did no interview, and none of her famous concerts were ever filmed. And yet she gradually succeeded in exerting a unique charisma. Why, and how does this unique woman exude such fascination until today?

How can one define the enigma of the interpreter she so perfectly embodies? This question, which permeates throughout the whole film, allows Clara Haskil to be discovered as a person and an artist and whom Vladimir Horowitz, Pablo Casals, Christian Zacharias or Charlie Chaplin recognized as the "perfect interpreter".

The film tells the story of the incredible fate of pianist Clara Haskil. She was celebrated very early as a prodigy. At the tender age of five, she was sent by her family from Bucharest to Vienna, and later, under the care of her strict uncle, to Paris to continue her studies. She will suffer from chronic health issues, survive two world wars, anti-Semitism, before having to go into exile in Vevey, Switzerland. That’s where she found the proper support, in the early fifties, to begin the career she deserved for so long, world fame and undeniable recognition.

Clara Haskil - The Performer’s Enigma is a film for classical music lovers and connoisseurs as well as for those who want to understand more about the world of classical music. It is indeed one of those films, after which one has the feeling of having a better idea of concerts and symphonies, and to listen to them differently.


ZURICH Arthouse Kino

Thursday 06.09 1:50pm - arthouse movie 1

Freiday 07.09 1:50pm - arthouse movie 1

Saturday 08.09 1:50pm - arthouse movie 1

Sunnday 09.09 12:00am - arthouse movie 2

Monday 10.09 1:50pm - arthouse movie 1

Tuesday 11.09 1:50pm - arthouse movie 1

Wednsday 12.09 1:50pm - arthouse movie 1


A film by : Pascal CLING, Prune JAILLET, Pierre-Olivier FRANCOIS

Camera : Olivier KUNZ, Mathieu PANSARD

Additional camera : Pierre BOURGEOIS

Sound recording : Patrick BLACHE

Additional sound : Jean-Christophe LION

First AD : Constance VON BRAUN

Make-up artist : Virginie HUGO, Viviane LIMA, Shreya PATEL, Stéphanie CRIMINISI, Isabelle MONNEY 

Location assistant : Fabien VODOZ

Editing : Prune JAILLET

Sound editing : Eleonara POLATO

Sound mix : Denis SECHAUD

Archives consultant BCU Clara Haskil fund : Verena MONNIER

Music consultants : Antonin SCHERRER, Alain LOMPECH

Archive researcher : Marie CAMDESSUS

Colorgrading : Christophe REYNAUD

Graphics : Lola DUVAL, Thibéry MAILLARD

TV version editing : Anne-Laure WITTMANN

Video technicians : Guillaume BRINGARD, Jonathan DELPEINT

Subtitling : Babelfisch Translations, Berlin

Additional subtitling : Guillaume GROSHAENY

Postproduction assistant : Maxime RAYMOND

Poster design by : Peter SCHOLL


Louise Productions Vevey Sàrl

Producer and production manager : Heinz DILL   

Production assistant : Laetitia CERVINI

Accountant : Agnès BAUD GERBER


Seppia Film

Producers : Cédric BONIN, Pascaline GEOFFROY

Production manager : Agnès DIVOUX

Production assistant : Estelle DENIAUD

Development supervisor : Charlotte DUCOS 

Post-production coordinator : Céline BURGY

In coproduction with : 

RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Unités des films documentaires

Irène CHALLAND & Philippe ZIBUNG



Arte G.E.I.E, Unité culture

Claire ISAMBERT, Nathalie PAULI, Jean WITTERSHEIM & Eva WOCHNER; Production, Heike LETTAU & Caroline KELSH

With the support of : 

Fonds de production télévisuelle, Fondation Ernst Göhner, Office Fédéral de la Culture, Succès Cinéma, Ville de Vevey, Fonds Culturel Riviera, Casino Barrière, Montreux, Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale du Gaz, Avec la participation de Cineforom et le soutien de la Loterie Romande   

And the support of : 

Fonds de production télévisuelle

Fondation Ernst Göhner

Office Fédéral de la Culture, Succès Cinéma

Ville de Vevey  

Fonds Culturel Riviera  

Casino Barrière, Montreux

Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale du Gaz  

Avec la participation de Cineforom et le soutien de la Loterie Romande

Intervenants :  Joëlle CAULLIER, Eugène CHAPLIN, Marguerite COLOMBO, Michel DALBERTO, Michael GARADY, Alain LOMPECH, Eliane REYES, Patrick PEIKERT, Christian ZACHARIAS

Clara Haskil's voice over - original version : 


Thanks to :

L'orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL), Sous la direction de Christian ZACHARIAS

Finalistes Du Concours Clara Haskil: Jukyeong JI, Guillaume BELLOM, Benedek HORVÁTH                        


53èmes Journées de Soleure : saturday January 27th, 2018 / thursday February 1st, 2018


Print media in the French speaking part of Switzerland:

24 Heures | | 16.08.2017

Le Régional | | 17.08.2017

TV8 | | 17.08.2017

La Liberté | |18.08.2017

Télérama | | 23.08.2017

20 Minutes | | 23.08.2017

Le Monde | | 24.08.2017

Radio et Television:

France Musique | |18.08.2017

RTS - téléjournal | |18.08.2017

Radio Fribourg - C'est que du bonheur | | 26.09.2017


Print media in the German speaking part of Switzerland: : 

Zeitlupe | April 2018

Der Landbote | March 2018

Basler Zeitung | March 2018

Cineman Filmkritik | 28.08.2018