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They Shot the Piano Player

Dispararon Al Pianista

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Chico & Rita team Fernando Trueba and animator Javier Mariscal return with another animated musical docu-fiction, this time focussing on the story of Francisco Tenório Jr, a brilliant Brazilian pianist who was murdered while touring Argentina in 1976, at the age of 35. Was this a random act of violence, or an extension of the totalitarian crackdown on artists and dissidents rife throughout South America at that time? The movie is not just a political mystery thriller and Tenório was much more than a victim. A prodigious jazz samba player, he emerged with the blooming of Bossa Nova in the 1960s, allowing Trueba to celebrate the sounds of João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Vinicius de Moraes, and Paulo Moura (several of whom also share their memories of the pianist).

Jeff Goldblum voices the character of an American journalist who sets out to write a book about the Brazilian music of the period but who becomes obsessed with Tenório’s story (a stand-in for Treuba himself), while Mariscal’s Rotoscope animation adopts strikingly different hues for different timeframes: rich and saturated in the nightclub scenes, near monochrome when the authorities detain and torture Tenório.

A loving, haunting tribute.

Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

Directors

Fernando Treuba & Javier Mariscal

Cast

Jeff Goldblum, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto, Vinicius de Moraes

Credits
Country of Origin

Spain/France

Year

2023

Language

In English, Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles

19+
103 min
Fernando Trueba PC, Les Films D’ici, Submarine Animanostra

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Saturday May 18

8:10 pm
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Sunday May 19

4:50 pm
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Monday May 20

7:50 pm
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Wednesday May 22

6:30 pm
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Monday May 27

8:00 pm
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Credits

Executive Producer

Nano Arrieta, Fabien Westerhoff

Screenwriter

Fernando Trueba

ANIM

Carlos León Sancha

Editor

Arnau Quiles

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