12 Notes Down A story about expected change and true loss
BRAHMS IS NOT EASY
How many of us know what it means to be practically entirely defined by one single identity? How many of us were like that at the age of 12? Jorgis is the star of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir and his purpose in life until now has been to be a choir boy. Until now, when his voice suddenly started breaking.
True change is like death you know it will or has to happen, but you can never be prepared for it. It comes suddenly and smashes your world down. You find the strength to swim above the surface again, but, though you might not show it, the loss is deep down inside. Brahms is not easy. Sometimes, it is unimaginably difficult.
In 26 minutes, 12 Notes Down by Danish director Andreas Koefoed shows what it means to suddenly lose an identity at a time when we are not even expected to have already formed one. No matter what happens in 8th grade, life is still ahead, and the horizon is clear. Paper airplanes will continue to fly. Autumn leaves will appear over and over again, year after year, as golden as the hair of this young boy. But the few bitter tears he shed while singing his last Brahms could not swallowed.
12 Notes Down is a documentary, shot very much like a short feature film, but as real as you and me. It is a movie not just with a human touch, but with a human grip which will grab you by the throat. Just like it grabbed Jorgis.
12 Notes Down was screened at DokuFest 8 as part of the International Docs competition.