21 days, 80 participants, 10 finalists. Warsaw’s International Chopin Piano competition, held every five years, has launched the careers of many piano virtuosos. Pianoforte follows seven hopefuls as they progress – or maybe not – through four gruelling competition stages. The stakes are high and the pressure is intense – at times too intense for some. From rehearsals to performance, backstage and at home, the camera captures what it takes to make it in this highly competitive world. It’s a case of Spellbound meets Tár in filmmaker Jakub Piątek’s enthralling documentary.

“Tense and touching.”

Los Angeles Times

“A gripping look at the world of piano competitions.”


“Hits all the right notes.”

Screen Daily

awards & festivals


Venue City Opening Date
BendFilm Festival Bend, OR 10/12/2023
Naples International Film Festival Naples, FL 10/27/2023
IFC Center New York, NY 12/01/2023
Mary D Fisher Sedona, AZ 12/08/2023
Laemmle Royal Los Angeles, CA 12/15/2023
The Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago, IL 12/15/2023
Billings Farm & Museum Woodstock, VT 12/30/2023
Sun & Stars International Film Festival West Palm Beach, FL 02/28/2024