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PIANOFORTE - Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

In recent years, livestreaming has brought Chopin lovers from all over the world into the dramatic experience of one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. Canadians in particular have felt the excitement alongside a rapidly growing list of laureates and competitors. PIANOFORTE, a documentary directed by Jakub Piatek, offers a deeper glimpse behind the curtain of the competition.

The Canadian Chopin Society is proud to co-present a screening of PIANOFORTE with Ekran Polish Film Association. The screening will take place on Saturday November 18th at 3:30PM at the Revue cinema. Members of the Society will have an opportunity to win two free tickets.

PIANOFORTE is an intimate coming-of-age portrait of young pianists taking part in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition. A unique chance of the lifetime portrayed from the backstage. An emotional rollercoaster with Chopin’s music in the background. PIANOFORTE follows an eclectic group of young musicians from around the world - the contestants in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition, held every five years in Warsaw, Poland. They have prepared since they were children for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Offering a rare behind the scenes look backstage at the triumphant highs and crushing lows of competition, director Jakub Piatek captures the intense pressure these musicians face in an experience that combines tears of exhaustion and despair with the ecstatic joy of playing.

The Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival is an annual week-long event dedicated to the promotion of cinematography and filmmaking while focusing on the Polish Canadian community and Canadian filmmakers with Polish roots and heritage. The festival is hosted in the Revue cinema – the oldest cinema in Toronto – in the heart of the Roncesvalles Village. Ekran Polish Film Association is a Toronto based non-profit organization, established in 2009 by a group of individuals who are passionate about showcasing new media arts and films. Ekran Polish Film Association organizes film focused events all year long, with both a Polish and multicultural focus, such as private and public screenings, workshops and most importantly, the annual Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival. Their vision is to celebrate and promote European art and cinematography within the Canadian landscape of film culture by:

  • Enriching the Toronto community through exposure to new media arts, showcasing the best of Polish cinematography.

  • Promoting young filmmakers, helping them to break into a festival circle.

  • Inspiring youth to engage themselves in the areas of new media, arts, and film.

  • Generating jobs and volunteer positions, which will increase marketing and new media skills in the community.

  • Supporting tourism, economic diversification, and arts in the Roncesvalles Village community.

  • Promoting multiculturalism and Polish culture; Canada is home to 1 million Polish-Canadians.

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