Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

PIANOMANIA

Germany, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Lilian Frank, Robert Cibis

It's said that you save 50% energy when you're satisfied with 90% of perfection - this film is about the last ten percent.

Eighty-eight keys, 230 strings on a cast iron frame, a weight of 480 kilograms - Steinway Pianos technician Stefan Knüpfer works with these ingredients to seek the elusive ‘best sound'.

Pianomania centres around Stefan's collaboration with concert pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard for the recording of Bach's The Art of Fugue, using the concert grand NR 109 - a long odyssey in sound for these two men. As the filmmakers attest, “Our film describes that threshold that does not facilitate daily life, but enables great art.”

Featuring pianists Lang Lang, Julius Drake and Alfred Brendel.

“I wouldn't say neurotic… I would say special.” - Stefan Knüpfer describing his clients

D Lilian Frank, Robert Cibis P Oval Film, Wild Art Film Dist Madman Entertainment L German, English w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

See also...

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD

USA, 2010
“He was one of the people I was truly envious of but… he was too fragile for this world.” - Madonna ... This is the first feature-length documentary about celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basq… More »

LA DANSE: THE PARIS OPERA BALLET

France/USA, 2009
“Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there's more to it than that.” - New York Times ... Setting his gaze on Paris's Palais Garnier, prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick… More »

COWBOYS IN PARADISE

Singapore, 2009
The unassuming film that inflamed an internet controversy and raised the ire of Indonesian authorities. ... After meeting a 12-year-old Indonesian boy who announced “When I grow up, I want to sex-s… More »

HUGH HEFNER: PLAYBOY, ACTIVIST AND REBEL

Canada, 2010
'There isn't a man alive who wouldn't give his left nut to be Hugh Hefner.' - Gene Simmons ... At Hugh Hefner's 80th birthday, Brigitte Bermen convinced him to divulge the ‘real deal' about the man… More »

WASTE LAND

UK/Brazil, 2009
“The moment when one thing turns into another thing is the most beautiful.” - artist Vik Muniz ... From the squalor and poverty of the world's largest rubbish dump comes a work of pure artistry a… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.