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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


    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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    Actors (10)

    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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    International releases (8)

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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

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Drama, Experimental

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Great Britain, Germany

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    Nationality :

    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 (IFFR) - 2006

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2006)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Stockholm International Film Festival - 2005

    Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2005)


    International Competition

    Locarno Film Festival - 2005

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 2005)


    International Competition