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God of the Piano


Anat (Naama Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival’s award for Best Actress) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, and now her family’s hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. Cut to a few years later: the boy has been molded for greatness. But does he have it in him…?

"This is a psychological horror film played mostly at pianissimo. Its quietness yields devastating results…. Tal’s style has a simultaneous simplicity and density that has an affinity with the works of Lucrecia Martel and Michael Haneke. Rarely does a debut feature showcase a talent so fully formed. This is a remarkably potent film." Glenn Kenny, New York Times

"Genuinely impressive: this is storytelling which is as enigmatic as it is compelling. Not surprisingly, the use of music throughout is superb." Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Director Icon Director
Itay Tal

Naama Preis, Zeev Shimshoni, Andi Levi, Leora Rivlin, Eli Gornstein, Ami Weinberg
Source Film Movement
Israel 2020 80 min. Hebrew with English subtitles 19+ Official Website | Trailer | Review


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