Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world, known for his minimalistic style that employs tintinnabuli, his self-invented compositional technique. It is this harmonious, spiritual and minimalistic approach to music that forms the basis of THAT PÄRT FEELING – a feeling of wholeness, beauty and essence of being, embraced by millions of persons all around the world.
Pärt is often considered to be something of a recluse, and his person and work has rarely been documented on film. Nevertheless, it becomes clear in this documentary, that this characterization of Pärt as a hermit is somewhat inaccurate and, above all, misses the point. We get to know Arvo Pärt as a composer combining an incredible sensitivity with humor and energy in his work.
Pärt’s intense collaboration with the Cello Octet Amsterdam forms the heart of this documentary, which sheds a bright light on Pärt’s universe. A universe not only inhabited by classical musicians like Tõnu Kaljuste, Candida Thompson or Daniel Reuss, but also by choreographers like Jiří Kylián, filmmakers like Alain Gomis and young techno musicians like Kara-Lis Coverdale.
They are all looking for that Pärt feeling.