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.
by Todd Field
with Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Adam Gopnik, Julian Glover, Mark Strong, Sophie Kauer, Allan Corduner, Zethphan Smith-Gneist, Mila Bogojevic
USA 2022 German, English 158’ Colour German premiere Rating R12


  • Cate Blanchett (Lydia Tár)
  • Nina Hoss (Sharon Goodnow)
  • Noémie Merlant (Francesca Lentini)
  • Adam Gopnik (Adam Gopnik)
  • Julian Glover (Andris Davis)
  • Mark Strong (Eliot Kaplan)
  • Sophie Kauer (Olga Metkina)
  • Allan Corduner (Sebastian Brix)
  • Zethphan Smith-Gneist (Max)
  • Mila Bogojevic (Petra)


Director Todd Field
Screenplay Todd Field
Cinematography Florian Hoffmeister
Editing Monika Willi
Music Hildur Guđnadóttir
Sound Design Stephen Griffiths
Sound Roland Winke
Production Design Marco Bittner Rosser
Costumes Bina Daigeler
Make-Up Annett Schulze
Casting Avy Kaufman, Simone Bär, Alexandra Montag, Jeremy Zimmerman
Assistant Director Sebastian Fahr-Brix
Production Manager Nigel Wooll
Producers Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert
Executive Producers Stephen Kelliher, Compton Ross, Phil Hunt, David Schiff, Nigel Wooll, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Loges, Uwe Schott

World sales

Universal Pictures International

Produced by

Standard Film Company

EMJAG Productions

Todd Field

The producer, screenwriter and director’s debut short film, When I Was a Boy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993. His short film Nonnie & Alex also first screened at Sundance where it received an Honourable Mention. He made his feature film debut in 2001 with In the Bedroom which received Oscar nominations in five categories including Best Film. His next feature, Little Children, was nominated for three Oscars and three Golden Globes. As an actor, he has appeared in films including Ruby in Paradise by Victor Nunez and Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick.


1993 When I Was a Boy; short film 1995 Nonnie & Alex; short film 2001 In the Bedroom 2006 Little Children 2022 TÁR

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023