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Shut Up and Play the Piano

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Synopsis

Chilly Gonzales is a Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer. Criss-crossing between rap, electro and solo piano music, he became the outrageous pop performer who invited himself to the ivory tower of classical music. The eccentric artist inspires and collaborates with the likes of Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk and Drake.
The documentary follows Chilly Gonzales from his native Canada to late '90s underground Berlin, and via Paris to the world's great philharmonic halls. Diving deep into the dichotomy of Gonzales' stage persona, where self-doubt and megalomania are just two sides of the same coin. The playfulness of his character is mirrored in the look of the film. Using Gonzales' extensive video archive in a rather unorthodox manner... Reality and fiction blur together as we embark on a trip through Chilly Gonzales' world.
Official Selection Berlinale 2018 - Panorama Dokumente - World premiere
http://www.shutupandplaythepiano.com

Details

Year
2018
Type of film
Features
Running Time
82 mins
Format
Cinemascope
Director
Philipp Jedicke 1st Feature
Producer
Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster
Co-Producer
Chilly Gonzales, Melinda Cody
Editor
Henrik Drees, Carina Mergens
Screenwriter
Philipp Jedicke
Director of Photography
Marcus Winterbauer, Marcel Kolvenbach
Sound
Ralf Weber; Sound Designer and Re-recording Mixer: Andreas Hildebrandt
Principal Cast
With appearances and performances by: Chilly Gonzales, Kaiser Quartett, Joe Flory, Sibylle Berg, Adam Traynor, Peaches, Leslie Feist, Raz Ohara, Paul PM aka Mr. Maloke, Raik Hölzel, Renaud Letang, Cornelius Meister, Jarvis Cocker

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Last updated 7th February 2018

Production Company

Germany, France, UK coproduction

Rapid Eye Movies (DE), Gentle Threat (UK)

Gentle Threat
Melinda Cody
melindacody@mac.com

Sales
Company

Charades
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75009 Paris
France
+33 6 61 22 23 12
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