"The Von Trapp Family – A Life of Music" Heading to the Screen This Christmas

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"The von Trapp Family – A Life of Music," a new film from Dutch filmmaker Ben Verbong based on Agathe von Trapp's autobiography, promises to tell the story behind the Sound of Music legend.

Currently shooting on location in Salzburg and Bavaria, the new film stars Eliza Bennett, Matthew Macfadyen and Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris. The film is expected to arrive in theatres this Christmas. Lionsgate acquired U.S., Canada and U.K. rights on the film. Christoph Silber and Tim Sullivan penned the screenplay based on Agathe von Trapp's "Memories Before and After The Sound of Music."

Here's how the film is billed: "'The von Trapp Family – A Life of Music,' tells the fascinating and exciting story of Agathe von Trapp (Eliza Bennett), who has been searching for her path in life since her youth: She is the eldest daughter among many siblings, and her relationship with her father, the distinguished marine officer Georg von Trapp (Matthew Macfadyen) and his second wife Maria von Trapp (Yvonne Catterfeld), is often difficult. She develops her beautiful voice and stimulating musical talent together with her family and with the support of the famous singer Lotte Lehmann (opera singer Annette Dasch). She constantly struggles for the love of her childhood sweetheart Sigi (Johannes Nussbaum) and, not least, she must confront the menacing rise of fascism in Germany and Austria. Emigration to the U.S. finally brings a decisive step toward freedom and world success.

"How Agathe von Trapp found and shaped her own life, with empathy and commitment, emotionally and courageously; how she took up every challenge and never let go of her dream; how she faced problems and ultimately went her own way – this is what Agathe (Rosemary Harris) reports many years later in the new American home of her young niece who, just like her, has reached a crossroads and must take important decisions."

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