Copying Beethoven

Release date: 01-12-2006
Director: Agnieszka Holland

directed by Agnieszka Holland written by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson director of photography Ashley Rowe music by Antoni Łazarkiewicz production design by Caroline Amies costume design by Jany Temime edited by David Charap, Alex Mackie

cast Ed Harris (Ludwig van Beethoven), Diane Kruger (Anna Holtz), Matthew Goode (Martin Bauer), Ralph Riach (Schlemmer), Phyllida Law, Joe Anderson (Karl van Beethoven), Nicholas Jones (archduke Rudolf)

producers Sidney Kimmel, David Pupkewitz, Michael Taylo, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson distributed by Best Film

colour, 100′
USA-Germany 2005


A story focusing on the relationship between the aging Beethoven and his 23-year-old copyist. The film takes place in 1824, toward the end of Beethoven’s life.


Agnieszka Holland
Born in 1948. A graduate of film directing at FAMU in Prague. Director and screenwriter. Member of the European Film Academy. A president of the Polish Film Academy since 2008.