THE ROYAL REPUBLIC
a film by Carmen Cobos
The Royal Republic (English Trailer)
In The Royal Republic Spanish-Dutch filmmaker Carmen Cobos is given exclusive access to a group of musicians within the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that rarely receives attention, but would be badly missed if not present: the timpani and percussion section. It’s a pleasure to get to know these five men; to discover the love for the profession, the care for their instruments and the appreciation of their mutual connection. This beautifully presented documentary is a feel-good movie about friendship, craftsmanship and music.
From 9 February 2023 in the cinema.
In The Royal Republic Spanish-Dutch filmmaker Carmen Cobos is given exclusive access to a group of musicians within the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: the percussion and timpani section. They play a supporting role, yet they are totally indispensable. Never in the limelight, the audience mainly notices them during loud musical passages. But there is more to these talented men at the back of the podium than meets the eye. The skills of this group are so diverse and unique, that in the 135 years of the orchestra’s existence only 26 musicians were regarded virtuoso enough to become part of the team. Their special status gives them the freedom to select their own instruments, to manage their own space and to interpret the music in their own way. That’s why the world-renowned conductor Bernard Haitink named them “The Republic of the Percussion”.
It’s a pleasure to get to know the group through this beautifully crafted documentary. To discover how much they love their profession, how much they care for their instruments and how deeply they appreciate their mutual connection. But the looming retirement of the first timpanist threatens to unsettle their exclusive existence. A new group member, who has to match them in every possible way, will need to be found, adding extra pressure to a season already marred by Covid-19 and cancelled concerts. Engaging and entertaining, The Royal Republic is a feel-good movie about friendship, craftsmanship and music.
Director: Carmen Cobos | Producer: Kees Rijninks | Duration: 85min
Languages: Dutch and English spoken with Dutch, English and Spanish subtitles
Written & directed by Carmen Cobos
Written & produced by Kees Rijninks
Research: Carmen Cobos & Kees Rijninks
Photography: Adri Schrover NSC
Editing: Erik Disselhoff NCE
Sound: Mike van der Sluijs
Sound design and mix: Hugo Dijkstal
Concertgeluid: Everett Porter
Post-production supervisor: Rob J Maas
Grading: Martin Klein
Commissioning editor AVROTROS: Jessica Raspe
‘The Royal Republic’ is a COBOS FILMS production in co-production with AVROTROS
This film was made possible with the support of CoBO | NL Film Fonds Production Incentive | Fonds 21
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