John Malkovich to Play Sergiu Celibidache in Film ‘The Yellow Tie’

By Francisco Salazar
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John Malkovich has signed on to play legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache in a new film entitled “The Yellow Tie.”

Variety is reporting that the Academy Award-nominated actor will take on the role in a film that is based on a screenplay of the conductor’s son, Serge Ioan Celebidachi and James Olivier. The film will explore Celibidache’s life as one of the world’s most controversial conductors, alternatively considered a genius and a madman by the conventional classical music world. Celebidachi will also direct the movie.

The feature will be shot in Romania in the spring/summer of 2022, with Malkovich playing Celibidache. Casting is still underway for a younger version of the musician with Des Hamilton overseeing the process.

“The Yellow Tie” is an international co-production between Romania’s Oblique Media Film and Celi Films in the U.K and will be produced by Adela Vrinceanu Celebidachi, Cristina Dobritoiu, Titi Radoaie,  and James Olivier.

Celibidache was well known for having led the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Sicilian Symphony Orchestra. The celebrated conductor left numerous well-known recordings of music by Ludwig von Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Robert Schumann, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Gabriel Fauré.