The Haendel Variations

Directed by Christine Jezior


Ida Haendel is considered a legend among professional musicians and listeners of classical music alike. This documentary utilizes footage that was shot between 2009 and 2017, showing the life and work of British-Polish violinist Ida Haendel. After having given her final performance, her everyday life oscillates between nostalgia and joy of living, between loneliness and hopefulness. Ida Haendel is a person of wisdom and humor, whole-heartedly accepting the challenge of spending her remaining years in a self-determined way. Though at some point she has to accept she can't play the violin anymore, she refuses to stop singing. "The Haendel Variations" is not an ordinary music documentary, not just another portrait of a world-renowned classical musician. Its rather restrained, more intimate approach focuses on the inner life of an extraordinary woman and on the two things that still give her life meaning: her love for music and for her fellow human beings.

Everything you do has to have rhythm.
Happiness is something one carries inside. In one’s soul.
— Ida Haendel

About director

Born 1961 in Poland, Christine Jezior is a film director and producer. In 1986, she emigrated to Germany. She is the founder of the artists agency KONZERTAGENTUR 2000 and the co-founder of the film production company MAAM.TV. She is a prizewinner of the TV award "Trzy korony". Her filmography includes numerous documentary films, such as "I'll Play It For You" (1st prize at the "Kameraton" festival for best biographical film), "Ida Haendel - This Is My Heritage" (nominated at the "DocMiami International" and the "Jewish Motifs" festivals), as well as "The Case of Ivo Pogorelich", "Why Competitions", "Hassan", " First day ", “The Haendel Variations”  (nominated for “Best Documentary” at the International Film Festival in Hof, Germany)  and “Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep it Holy”.


Clinton Street Theatre
2522 SE Clinton St,
Portland, OR 97202


Thursday, March 28th


$ 9.00 / $ 7.00