Talented conductor Lydia Tár has established herself in the male-dominated world of classical music. When she arrives in Berlin as the first woman appointed to conduct a major German orchestra, she is at the peak of her career. Between commitments and concerts on both sides of the Atlantic, she is preparing for a much anticipated recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. But a shadow suddenly falls over this charismatic figure; her performance on the podium suffers and her status begins to falter. Past decisions and the impact they had on a young musician resurface and Tár risks falling victim to the same obsessions again, complicating her relationship with her concertmaster and partner (played by Nina Hoss) and jeopardising her career and the reputation of the entire orchestra.
TÁR, which according to director Todd Field is a film “by” Cate Blanchett, without whom it would never have seen the light of day, is the portrait of a memorable female figure, ambitious and complex, that takes a critical look at the classical music business. A film capable of expressing an extraordinary musical passion, and also a tribute to Berlin and what makes it the city it is.


  • Runtime

    158 min
  • Country

    United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Todd Field
  • Cast

    Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Adam Gopnik, Julian Glover, Mark Strong, Sophie Kauer, Ade, Zethphan Smith-Gneist, Mila Bogojevic
  • Production Company

    Focus Features
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film