ARGERICH

STÉPHANIE ARGERICH

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Martha Argerich was born in Buenos Aires in 1941 and found fame after moving to Europe as teenager, becoming a world-renowned concert pianist and going on to be regarded as one of the greatest of the 20th century. Argerich nurtured a reputation as elusive and bohemian, even after marrying the equally celebrated London-based American pianist Stephen Kovacevich. Stéphanie Argerich is the daughter of the cordially estranged pair. She has made this intimate portrait of her parents and family, using rare archive footage and restless probing, originally titling the project Bloody Daughter.

Kovacevich clearly dotes on Stéphanie, but the fact that he has not legally established his paternity becomes an issue. There are touching episodes involving Stéphanie’s oldest sister Lyda, whose father was Argerich’s first husband. Yet proceedings are mostly dominated by Martha, who is open and casually revealing about her life, her talent and her failings. (Notes by Michael Hayden.

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94 minutes, France-Switzerland, 2012, Colour and Black and White, Subtitled, D-Cinema

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