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They Shot The Piano Player directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
They Shot The Piano Player directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s upcoming Bossa Nova-themed animated film, They Shot The Piano Player. Sony Classics plans to qualify the film for year-end awards.

From the duo behind the 2012 Academy Award® nominated Chico & Rita, They Shot The Piano Player is narrated by Jeff Goldblum and features a who’s who of the best of Brazilian music, including João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Vinicius de Moraes, and Paulo Moura.

In They Shot The Piano Player, a New York music journalist goes on a quest to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of young Brazilian piano virtuoso Tenorio Jr. A celebratory origin story of the world-renowned Latino musical movement Bossa Nova, the film captures a fleeting time bursting with creative freedom at a turning point in Latin American history in the 60s and 70s, just before the continent was engulfed by totalitarian regimes.

“This film has been a 15-year investigation of mine into the life of a musical genius, whose life was unjustly taken by the military coup back in the 70s. I am delighted to celebrate his legacy with the luminous animation of my accomplice Javier Mariscal. We can’t wait for the world to discover his life and music with our friends at Sony Pictures Classics,” said Trueba.

“This movie promises to be one of a kind! A gorgeous animated documentary filled with sublime color and music about a search for the truth about an amazing musician lost in history. It’s great to be back again with Fernando and Cristina with another winner,” added Sony Pictures Classics.

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