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The Quest for Tonewood

Documentary about violin maker Gaspar Borchardt’s epic journey across Europe to find the right kind of wood with which to make the perfect musical instrument.

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Deep in the Balkan forests, one might find maple trees worth their weight in gold. Their value lies in the unique ability of the wood to amplify sound. This magical wood could create a priceless string instrument, a violin as prestigious as an original Stradivarius. The key is to find it. Join master luthier Gaspar Borchardt on his quest to find tonewood and transform it into an instrument for world-famous violinist Janine Jensen. Along the way, you'll encounter secrets and myths, wild nature and old traditions, bandits, and artists in a fantastic treasure hunt through the world of classical music.

Hans Lukas Hansen, Netherlands, Norway, 2020, 83 min. English, Italian & Bosnian spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Gaspar Borchardt, Sibylle Fehr-Borchardt, Janine Jansen, Bojan Tomic..
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