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Considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in classical music, the International Chopin Piano Competition, held in Warsaw every five years since 1927, has been a career launchpad for such piano virtuosos as Krystian Zimerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Kevin Kenner, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The competition itself is a real roller coaster of a classical ride, with extremely tough qualifying rules, multiple stages, legendary jurors (Arthur Rubinstein!), and a whole lot of pressure.

Jakub Piątek’s (Prime Time, 2021 Sundance Film Festival) fly-on-the-philharmonic-wall documentary takes us behind the scenes of this fascinating contest. We meet some of the most talented young professional piano players from all over the world and watch them navigate this fever dream of a competition, along with its intense practices, new friendships, lots of drama, and even more nerves.

“Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!” said Chopin. Pianoforte is a testament to the power of remarkable music. Nearly two centuries later, it still inspires, excites, and, yes, causes some despair and suffering, too.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
    Polish, English, Chinese, Italian, Russian, Slovenian
  • Country
  • Director
    Jakub Piątek
  • Screenwriter
    Jakub Piątek
  • Producer
    Maciej Kubicki
  • Cinematographer
    Filip Drożdż
  • Editor
    Ula Klimek-Piątek