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Directed by Frans Weisz

  • Ages:
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • Grades:
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6

Still mourning the death of his mother, nine-year-old Finn finds comfort and strength in the violin — but will his gruff, soccer-loving father ever accept his newfound passion?

Filmmaker Frans Weisz in attendance, April 11 & 12 screenings. 

Still mourning the death of his mother, gentle nine-year-old Finn also has to struggle with his father's insistence that he be like all the other boys and play soccer, despite the fact that he has no interest in the sport. When Finn meets a mysterious old man at an abandoned farm and hears him play the violin, he is entranced by the beauty of the music. He is determined to learn how to play the instrument, and sneaks away for lessons while his father believes he's at soccer practice. Finding comfort and strength in his music, and the visions of his mother that it evokes, Finn seems to have found his calling — but will his father ever accept his newfound passion?

Themes: Music, pursuing your dreams, family, forgiveness, self-acceptance

Content Advisory: Religious references, discussion of parental and child death, grief, family breakup/divorce, consumption of alcohol, bullying, lewd gesture, visions of the deceased

Director(s): Frans Weisz
Rating: G
Language: Dutch
Year: 2013
Country: Netherlands
Runtime: 90 minutes
Ages: 9 to 11
Grades: 4 to 6


Director Biography: Frans Weisz

Frans Weisz

Frans Weisz is an award-winning film and television director, and a graduate of the Amsterdam Film Academy and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He has directed over 20 features during his four-decade career, including Havinck (88), which screened in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, The Betrayed (93), Boy Ecury (03), Happy End (09), and Finn (13).