From director Jakub Piatek, PIANOFORTE is a stirring documentary that follows several young pianists as they compete in the rigorous and highly esteemed International Chopin Piano Competition. Taking place over three grueling weeks in Warsaw, Poland, the event is largely regarded as the most prestigious classical music competition in the world, with the potential to launch its winner into a starry career. As we watch the number of participants dwindle and the competition draw to an end, the precision and unimaginable talent remaining makes for a stunning and electric final act. In this world, to be supremely talented isn’t enough. You have to be perfect. Piatek’s keen eye captures not only the pianists’ exquisite playing, but also the heart-wrenching pressure and rejection that unfolds behind the scenes. Told with a delicately complex structure, PIANOFORTE weaves in and out of the past and present lives of these immensely gifted young players, keeping you invested long after the credits roll.
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