A classical pianist finds himself under threat from a homicidal maniac in this stylish thrill ride with nods to Hitchcock and Argento.
After a five year absence from the stage, famed classical pianist Tom Selznik (Elijah Wood) prepares for a highly anticipated return to the spotlight. Already crippled with stage fright, Tom’s performance takes a sinister turn when he discovers a threatening note scrawled on his music sheet. Soon, Tom realises that he is being watched by a madman with a keen ear for music and must now play the best concert of his life, as if he hits a wrong note, both he and his wife will be killed. From its delightfully outlandish starting point, Eugenio Mira’s thriller is as efficient in its storytelling as it is inventive in execution. With the occasional nod to Hitchcock, not to mention a fondness for Dario Argento and all things giallo, Grand Piano is overflowing with dark humour and visual trickery. An exercise in sustained tension that makes piano playing feel as exciting as a high-speed car chase.
At the age of seven Eugenio Mira was already saying that he was a film director, not that he wanted to be one when he grew up. Thanks to his persistence he made his first short film, Fade (2000), which enjoyed a great reception at festivals. His first feature, The Birthday (2004), instantly became a cult film. After a period dedicated to composing soundtracks, he made his second feature film, Agnosia (2010). Mira has also worked as second unit director on The Impossible (2011), by J. Bayona and as an actor, playing the younger version of Robert De Niro’s character, in Red Lights (2011) by Rodrigo Cortés.
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