Louis van Beethoven


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, May 12 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, May 13 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:120 minutes
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:German
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Niki Stein
Cast:Tobias Moretti
Colin Pütz
Anselm Bresgott
Ulrich Noethen


The year is 1826. Ludwig van Beethoven (Tobias Moretti) faces the final stanza of his storied career. Deaf and defiant, he recalls memories of his youth, when as an eight-year-old prodigy he comes under the tutelage of the Bonn court organist, Christian Gottlob Neefe.

Years later after an encounter with Mozart, the young “Louis” begins to study under Joseph Haydn in Vienna, but family tragedies and unfulfilled love leave a lasting mark that haunts him for the rest of his life.

Despite his great successes, most recently with the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven struggles with himself because his late work completely overwhelms his contemporaries.

A sweeping historical epic, “Louis van Beethoven” recontextualizes the great composer’s life, following his tumultuous relationship with his family, the political upheaval that helped inspire his music, and his influential encounters with Haydn and Mozart.

This beautiful film brings Beethoven’s extraordinary persona and musical talent to life. It’s simply a must-see for Beethoven fans.

“Handsomely mounted … elegantly tailored” – Los Angeles Times