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Scene from "Pianomania" (photo © Robert Cibis)

Pianomania takes the viewer along on a humorous journey into the secret world of sounds, and accompanies Stefan Knuepfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities, compatible with the vision of the virtuoso, to tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage, needs nerves of steel, boundless passion, and the extraordinary competence in translating words into sounds.
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Directors Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
Cinematography Jerzy Palacz
Michelle Barbin
Cast Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Stefan Knuepfer
Producer Robert Cibis
Co-Producers Vincent Lucassen, Ebba Sinzinger
Production Company Oval Filmemacher/Berlin, in co-production with WILDart FILM/Vienna
Runtime 93 min
 German & English
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Polish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Max Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2009, Hof 2009, DOK Leipzig 2009, Diagonale Graz 2009, Cork 2009, Locarno 2009, Zurich 2009, Valladolid 2009, Sheffield 2009, Goeteborg 2010, Berlin 2010, Jameson Dublin 2010, Zagrebdox 2010, Sofia 2010, Hong Kong 2010, Macau 2010, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2010, St. Paul Minneapolis 2010, San Francisco 2010, DOK.Fest Munich 2010, Planet Doc Review 2010, Melbourne 2010, New Zealand International Film Festival 2010, Jecheon International Music & Film Festival 2010, San Francisco 2010, Moscow 2010, Ghent 2010, Golden Horse Taipei 2010
Awards Critics' Week Award Locarno 2009, Best Editing/Documentary Film Graz 2009, Main Award & Audience Award Luenen 2009, Audience Award Wuerzburg 2010, Honorary Jury Award Oslo 2010, German Film Award 2011 (Best Sound Design)
With backing from MEDIA Development, Eurimages, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfond Wien, Cinestyria, ORF, Institut fuer Elektroakustik der Universitaet Wien, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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