The Pianist

The Pianist

Original title: The Pianist
Director: Roman Polanski
Screenplay: Ronald Harwood
Director of Photography: Pawel Edelman
Editor: Hervé de Luze
Music: Wojciech Kilar
Country: France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom
Year of production: 2002
Length (min): 148
Language: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Turkish
Subtitles: Czech, English
Sales: Tamasa Distribution
Section: Best of
Sponsors: Polský institut v Praze, Deutsche Botschaft Prag – Německé velvyslanectví v Praze

This biographical drama tells the true story of a Jewish pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, who managed to avoid deportation during WWII. The growing repressions against the Jewish community, arrests, and the creation of the Warsaw ghetto were the hardest trials in the renowned musician's life. Roman Polanski based his film on the eponymous autobiography that Szpilman wrote about his tribulations. The Pianist won Oscars for Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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