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The Piano Tuner of Earthquake

The Piano Tuner of Earthquake

A Feature film by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Release in France : 20/09/2006

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Production and distribution (4)

Co-production :

Celluloid Dreams Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Celluloid Dreams

Foreign production company :

Mediopolis berlin

French distribution :

ED Distribution

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Dr. Emmanuel Droz, a Mephistophelean neurologist and inventor has discovered the secret to bringing the dead back to life. Carried away by a devouring, but unrequited passion, he wants to be united forever with the woman he loves, the beautiful singer Malvina van Stille. In order to carry out his evil plot, he kills and kidnaps her, and keeps her in a state of apparent death.
Droz employs a piano tuner, Felisberto, to overhaul his instruments, automatons operated by the tides that mysteriously govern the rhythm of life in the Villa Azucena, Droz’s remote property beside the ocean. Felisberto slowly learns of the doctor’s true intentions: to stage a “diabolical opera” that will seal Malvina’s fate. He secretly decides to save her, only to find that he too is caught in the trap of Droz’s perverse world.

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Full credits (8)

Author of original work :

Adolfo Bioy Casares

Director of Photography :

Nic Knowland

Editor :

Simon Laurie

Choreographer :

Kim Brandstrup

Screenwriters :

Alan Passes, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Sound Recordist :

Larry Sider

Music Composers :

Trevor Duncan, Christopher Slaski

Costume designer :

Kandis Cook

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Feature film

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Drama, Experimental

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Coproducer countries :

France, Great Britain, Germany

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Minority French (France, Great Britain, Germany)

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Runtime :

1 h 39 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD

Posters (1)

Directors (2)

Festival Selections (4)

Melbourne International Film Festival - 2006

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2006)


French films selected

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2006

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2006)


Main Program Section Feature Films

Stockholm International Film Festival - 2005

Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2005)


International Competition

Locarno International Film Festival - 2005

Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2005)


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