In Search of Chopin
A new film from the director of the award winning and critically acclaimed
‘In Search of…’ Mozart, Beethoven & Haydn
IN CINEMAS FROM AUGUST 21
“A directorial coup; inventively filmed, insightful, engaging and poignant.” William Dart, NZ Herald
Acclaimed filmmaker Phil Grabsky (In Search of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn, Exhibition on Screen series) will bring to cinema screens the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin – one of the greatest composers of all time.
IN SEARCH OF CHOPIN, the latest in the popular In Search of film series, narrated by renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson, opens on August 21 in select cinemas nationally.
Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written? How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?
For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and Kevin Kenner he hopes to answer those questions.
In Search of Chopin is narrated by renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply), and David Dawson (Luther) brings life to the letters of Chopin himself.
Praise for the ‘In Search of…’ series
‘Gripping’ – The Times
‘Outstanding’ – Chicago Sun Times
‘High-class’ – New York Times
‘Terrific’ – Mail on Sunday
‘Ideal’ – BBC Music Magazine
‘Riveting’ – The Observer
‘Beautiful’ – Chicago Tribune
Running time: 112 mins