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The Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: In the Heart of Music

French filmmaker Andy Sommer gives you an up-close examination of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the competitors’ experiences from the screening process through the 17-day competition. He got to know almost all of the 35 competitors, probing what he describes as “the best and rarest moments of the pianists’ search for truth,” revealing their inner world of emotions, sacrifices, and motivations. “How do they prepare? What are they communicating?” Mr. Sommer asks. “The film tells the story of a few of the people who are immersing themselves deeply into the heart of music.”Ê This film is a co-production of The Van Cliburn Foundation, Bel Air Media, and KERA.

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