USA (MIFF 2015 , Backbeat)
Director: Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke observes humble perfectionist and classical music oracle Seymour Bernstein in this acclaimed documentary.

At 50, celebrated classical pianist and composer Seymour Bernstein abruptly retired at the peak of his powers. He went on to teach the craft to prodigies in his tiny Manhattan apartment. He became a sage.

From playing for frontline soldiers during the Korean War to thrilling thousands in the concert halls of the world, the now 82-year-old Bernstein discovered the universal connection music can bring. Hawke's documentary of this extraordinary figure reveals that gentle profundity through his students, peers and the quiet philosophising of the man himself.

Critically lauded, an official selection for the Toronto, Telluride and New York film festivals, this is an elegant portrait of a soul who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of the sublime.

"A deeply moving, even ecstatic experience." – Washington Post

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