N/C 15+ GOD OF THE PIANO
2019 | Itay Tal | 80 Mins | Turkey
The daughter of a celebrated and exacting composer, Anat, expecting her first child, lives a life so inseparable from music that her waters break unnoticed as she practices a furiously difficult piece at the keyboard. Desperate that her child has the musical career – and the approval of her father – that she never had, when her son is born deaf it seems that the dream is over. However, the single-minded Anat is not going to allow a small matter such as this thwart her vicarious pursuit of musical perfection. Attracting comparisons with Michael Haneke and Lucrecia Martel, this compelling psychological thriller combines a probing script, assured direction and an extraordinary central performance to reveal a character driven by artistic obsession and haunted by a guilty secret that will just not go away. Hebrew with English subtitles.
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Film run ends on 21 February 2021.
- “…icy family drama is a virtuoso debut” – ★★★★ Cath Clarke in The Guardian (mild spoilers).
- “Rarely does a debut feature showcase a talent so fully formed. This is a remarkably potent film” – New York Times (Spoilers).
- “…genuinely impressive: this is storytelling which is as enigmatic as it is compelling. Not surprisingly, the use of music throughout is superb”- Screen Daily (Spoilers).