John Malkovich (“The New Pope”) will play the role of legendary classical conductor Sergei Selibidach in a new film titled “The Yellow Tie”, Diversity May express exclusively.
Based on a screenplay by the conductor’s sons Serge Ion Celebidachi and James Olivier (“Octav”), the biopic will explore the life of Celebidac as one of the world’s most controversial conductors, regarded by the world of classical music as genius and mad. Celebidachi (“Octav”) will also manage.
Celebidach, of Romanian descent, was kicked out of the family home as a teenager when he revealed that he planned to pursue a career in classical music. After a period of homelessness, he finally won the competition to become the youngest conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and became one of the most famous conductors of the twentieth century. He was famous for refusing to release recordings of his music, which he claimed would not have the same effect outside the concert hall.
The feature is set to shoot in Romania in the spring / summer of 2022, with Malkovich playing Celebidach in the twilight years of the composer. Casting for a smaller version of the musician is still ongoing. Des Hamilton (“Jojo Rabbit”) oversees the casting.
“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to act in conductor Sergio Celebidach,” Malkovich said. “A unique and solo talent, he is considered one of the best classical music dreamers of the last century. Playing him in his later years will be a challenging and exciting journey.”
“The Yellow Tie” is an international co-production between Romanian Oblique Media Films and Sally Films in the United Kingdom.
Adela Vrinsenu will produce Selibidachi, Christina Dobritoyu, TT Radowai and James Olivia.