Grand Piano

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After a five year absence from the stage, famed classical pianist Tom Selznik (Elijah Wood) prepares for a highly anticipated return to the spotlight, following a catastrophic performance that nearly derailed his career. Already crippled with stage fright, Tom’s comeback performance takes a sinister turn when he discovers a threatening message scrawled on his music sheet: “Play one wrong note and you die.” In a packed theatre, in front of an expectant audience, Tom realizes that he is being watched by a madman with a keen ear for music and must now play the best concert of his life, for if he doesn’t, both he and his wife will be killed. Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing. From its delightfully outlandish starting point, Eugenio Mira’s thriller is as efficient in its suspenseful storytelling as it is inventive in execution. With the occasional nod to Hitchcock, not to mention a fondness for Dario Argento, Brian DePalma and all things giallo, Grand Piano is overflowing with dark humor and visual trickery – a thrilling exercise in sustained tension that makes piano playing feel as exciting as a high-speed car chase. Also starring John Cusack. (Dir. by Eugenio Mira, 2013, Spain, in English, 90 mins., Rated R, Magnet Releasing) Digital