a film by Lilian Franck, Robert Cibis


Germany | 2009 | 95:00 min

Formal Categories

Biography / Portrait Arts Music

Content Categories

Documentary Music film
Pianomania is a portrayal of Stefan Knuepfer, the virtuosic piano tuner from Steinway, Austria, and his many famous clients at work, including Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Andrej Gravilov, Mitsuko Uchida, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard; the film offers an unusual and amusing look behind the heavy curtains at major concerts. This film is about the quest for the perfect tone. It shows each obstacle that is created by abandoning everyday routine and surrendering oneself to Art.
The fortitude that devotion engenders, the supreme love of perfection and of divine moments; and yet the refusal to bask in one’s glory. Our protagonists are world-renowned pianists and their hero, piano tuner Stefan Knuepfer; and all are obsessed with the idea of the perfect sound.
among others:
Seal of Approval highly recommended as well as Film of the Month (FBW)
Max Ophüls Preis - World Premiere
IFF Locarno 2009 - awarded with Semaine de la Critique
nominated European Film Ward - Best Documentary 2009
IFF San Francisco 2010 - Golden Gate Award
DIAGONALE, Austria - Best Editing of Documentary
Kinofest Lünen - AudienceAward LÜDIA as well as Best Film of the Festival
EuroDOC, Denmark - Honorable mention
Int. Hofer Filmtage 2009
IDFA 2009
DOK Leipzig 2009
Cork Festival, Ireland 2009

Cast and Crew
  • Director Lilian Franck, Robert Cibis
  • Director of Photography Jerzy Palacz
  • Editor Michelle Barbin
  • Sound Sabine Panossian (set), David Benedikt (musicrecording), Ina Nikolow (musicrecording)
  • Compositing Ansgar Frerich
  • Sound Design Niklas Kammertöns
Original Languages




highly recommended

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OVALmedia Berlin GmbH
Christburger Str. 47, 10405 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 61624830

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