The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes


1h 39m 2005

Brief Synopsis

The night before her marriage, the very beautiful opera singer Malvina is murdered on stage, in front of her public. The disturbing Docteur Droz takes her corpse to a strange and gigantic dwelling by the ocean, where he makes musical automata. He takes on a piano tuner, Felisberto, to look after his

Film Details

Also Known As
Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes, PianoTuner of EarthQuakes, The
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Celluloid Dreams; Celluloid Dreams; Lumen Films; Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Gmbh; U.K. Film Council; Zdf/Arte
Distribution Company
Zeitgeist Films; Curzon Artificial Eye; Ed Distribution; Piffl Medien Gmbh; Zeitgeist Films; Zeitgeist Films
Location
Leipzig, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

The night before her marriage, the very beautiful opera singer Malvina is murdered on stage, in front of her public. The disturbing Docteur Droz takes her corpse to a strange and gigantic dwelling by the ocean, where he makes musical automata. He takes on a piano tuner, Felisberto, to look after his mechanical objects. Guided by a seductive and maternal housekeeper, the ingenuous and gentle Felisberto is astonished to discover the purpose for which he has been employed, and the doctor's unusual world: the servants, the woods, the sea, the automata, are all very strange, and full of mystery. Every evening, the piano tuner hears a bewitching song, whose source he cannot work out. Determined to solve this mystery, he follows the voice, and furtively discovers Malvina, whom the doctor has brought back to life. When out for a walk, he finds her sitting on a bench facing the sea; she seems absent, hardly speaks, and Felisberto gradually realizes that their host has decided to make her the star attraction of a diabolical opera, with her performing alongside a cast of automata. Moved by the young woman's beauty and vulnerability, he resolves to do everything he can to free her.

Film Details

Also Known As
Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes, PianoTuner of EarthQuakes, The
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Arte; Arte France Cinéma; Celluloid Dreams; Celluloid Dreams; Lumen Films; Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Gmbh; U.K. Film Council; Zdf/Arte
Distribution Company
Zeitgeist Films; Curzon Artificial Eye; Ed Distribution; Piffl Medien Gmbh; Zeitgeist Films; Zeitgeist Films
Location
Leipzig, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States December 1, 2006

Limited Release in United States November 17, 2006

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States August 2005

Released in United States Fall November 17, 2006

Released in United States on Video April 24, 2007

Released in United States September 2005

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Competition) August 3-13, 2005.

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Visions) September 8-17, 2005.

Stephen and Timothy Quay are known professionally as the Brothers Quay.

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States on Video April 24, 2007

Released in United States August 2005 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (Competition) August 3-13, 2005.)

Released in United States September 2005 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Visions) September 8-17, 2005.)

Limited Release in United States November 17, 2006 (Cinema Village; New York City)

Released in United States Fall November 17, 2006

Limited Release in United States December 1, 2006 (Nuart; Los Angeles)