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The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes (2005)

The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Music | 17 February 2006 (UK)
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Dark fairy-tale about a demonic doctor who abducts a beautiful opera singer with designs on transforming her into a mechanical nightingale.

Directors:

Stephen Quay (as Quay Brothers), Timothy Quay (as Quay Brothers)

Writers:

Alan Passes, Stephen Quay (as Quay Brothers) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Amira Casar ... Malvina van Stille
Gottfried John ... Dr. Emmanuel Droz
Assumpta Serna ... Assumpta
César Sarachu ... Adolfo Blin / Don Felisberto Fernandez (as Cesar Sarachu)
Ljubisa Gruicic Ljubisa Gruicic ... Holz (gardener) (as Ljubisa Lupo-Grujcic)
Marc Bischoff ... Marc (gardener)
Henning Peker Henning Peker ... Henning (gardener)
Gilles Gavois Gilles Gavois ... Echeverria (gardener)
Volker Michalowski ... Volker (gardener) (as Volker Zack)
Thomas Schmieder ... Thomas (gardener)
Regine Zimmermann ... Dresser
Emil Petrov Emil Petrov ... Musician
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Storyline

Felisberto Fernandez is a piano tuner of exceptional skill, hired by Dr. Emmanuel Droz to come to a remote clinic to clean and refurbish Droz's seven automatons, elaborate mechanical constructs. Droz wants the work done quickly, in time for an opera he's staging for himself. Fernandez's attentions are captured by two women at the clinic, Assumpta, the clinic's manager, and Malvina van Stille, a patient who is also a superb singer. Fernandez works on the machines and is drawn to the women while Droz may be manipulating more than the automatons. Do emotions and choice play any part, or it is all opera? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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fairy tale | surrealism | puppet | See All (3) »


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Country:

Germany | UK | France

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

17 February 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Klavierstimmer der Erdbeben See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$944, 19 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,605, 23 March 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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I don't know that I buy the plot, but entrancing nonetheless
10 June 2007 | by hereontheoutsideSee all my reviews

The credits rolled and I sat staring, the afterimage of a burning white face and bench buried in the snow still resonating in my eyes. I was sure if I was blown away, confused, enraged or all three. The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is riddled with problems: the unnecessarily overbearing voice-over exposition during the first forty minutes, the thin plot lines in the opening five minutes. The Quay Brothers seem to not be entirely sure what this film is about, I don't get the sense that there was a mastermind behind this warped world, like I do while watching Mulholland Drive.

That said, it is a very interesting film and, if for no other reason, this is a film that should be seen for being one of the most beautifully shot films of the last five years. The dried color palette, the hazy, dream-like quality of the main character's POV and the stop motion animation all combine to create a film rich in texture and beauty. It seems that The Brothers Quay, though maybe not the most talented of writers (this, I believe being only their second feature length as compared to stacks of rich short films), they are certainly masters of the medium visually. It's an intense, droning, paced film. It's slow and garbled. But it's beautiful.


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