Beethoven’s Nine – Ode to Humanity

In early 2023, filmmaker Larry Weinstein set out to make a documentary about Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It was supposed to be about how far we have come in the two hundred years since it was written. But when world events pull Larry into his own film, the question becomes a deeply personal one.

”Beethoven’s” Nine is a documentary about music, but also about war and hope. It follows nine unique individuals, including Ukrainian musicians, a deaf composer, a Polish rock star, a best-selling author, a legendary cartoonist and Weinstein himself, as they try to better understand the legacy of Beethoven’s Ninth, the composer’s own struggles, the inspiration music can provide and how humanity continues to look for hope even in the darkest times.


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On 28.04.24 the film celebrates its world premiere at the international Hot Docs Festival in Toronto!

Further screening dates:
03.05.24 European premiere at the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn
05.05.24 TV premiere on Arte


Writer/Director: Larry Weinstein

Producers: Jason Charters, Bernhard von Hülsen, Liam Romalis, Maria Willer

Executive Producers: Wolfgang Bergmann, Sarah Polley

Editor: David New

Cinematographers: John Minh Tran, Sven Jakob-Engelmann, Filip Drożdż


A production by 3B-Produktion and Riddle Films

In co-production with ZDF and SRG SSR

In association with ARTE and TVO

In collaboration with NRK, SVT and YLE

Distribution by Unitel