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The Grand Piano

Anabela Roque
Brazil, 2017, 10 min.

In Portuguese with English subtitles.
This film is family friendly.

Mauricio Maia is an amateur, self-taught musician. He lives in Coelho da Rocha, in the Baixada Fluminense, suburb of Ri­o de Janeiro. Each time he wants to play the piano, he embarks on a journey from the periphery to the city center, mapping pianos to play. He follows his intuition, but not everything he finds is good. His eyes glow every time he discovers a piano open to the public, in tune, ready for him to sit and play. Mauricio believes his music "will guide his future", and having a piano is fundamental.

Director's Statement

The Grand Piano dives on the the daily fight of those who lives far from the center of Rio de Janeiro, the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and one of the largest cities in Latin America. A perspective on the social inequality and the lack of opportunity of those who lives at the suburbs. The Grand Piano received a Special Mention of the Jury at the Iguacine Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro. 

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Identity, Music, World Cinema.

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