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The in-theater screening of this film will be followed by a live Q&A with director Jakub Piątek on October 3 at The Culver Theater. The live Q&A will be recorded and uploaded on this page and IDA's YouTube page a few days after the in-person event.

Born in 1985, graduated from the Łódź Film School. Before studying directing, he worked as a journalist and culture manager. His debut film "Mother" (2009) was screened at over 50 international festivals and received several awards. In 2014 he completed the documentary "One Man Show", which premiered in Krakow FF and DOK Leipzig. In 2018, he made a short feature film "Users" (premiere at Slamdance). In 2021, his full-length feature debut "Prime Time" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and it is available on Netflix platform in all regions. In 2021 he started teaching fiction directing (Polish National Film School).

During the preliminary round, there are 160 of them. Then, about 80. Then 40. At last, only 10 lucky ones make it to the final. These are the contestants in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition, held every five years in Warsaw, Poland. PIANOFORTE follows an eclectic group of young musicians from around the world who have prepared since they were children for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Offering a rare behind the scenes look backstage at the triumphant highs and crushing lows of competition, filmmaker Jakub Piatek captures the intense pressure these musicians face in an experience that combines tears of exhaustion and despair with the ecstatic joy of playing. PIANOFORTE is both a testament to the power of remarkable music and an intimate coming-of-age portrait of young pianists navigating the rigors of competition, intense practice sessions, new friendships, lots of drama, and even more nerves.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
    Polish, English, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Slovenian
  • Country
    Poland, Germany
  • Director
    Jakub Piatek
  • Screenwriter
    Jakub Piatek
  • Producer
    Maciej Kubicki
  • Cinematographer
    Filip Drozdz
  • Editor
    Ula Klimek-Piatek