Director: Jakub Piątek

91 mins, Germany-Poland, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

Since its inception in 1927, the International Chopin Piano Competition, devoted solely to performances of the composer’s work, has taken place in Warsaw every five years. Hugely prestigious, it has the power and authority to launch winners’ careers overnight. However, to illustrate the standards expected of competitors, it twice happened in the 1990s that there was no award for first place. Jakub Piątek’s observational documentary follows a group of competitors at the most recent event. As personalities become more evident and the styles of approach are differentiated, the film becomes a fascinating insight into the dedication required to participate in such rarefied circles, and the attendant costs.

Notes by Kevin Coyne

Screening as part of Kinopolis Polish Film Festival 2023, December 7th – 10th.

Book Tickets

Saturday 9th