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They Shot the Piano Player

They Shot the Piano Player (Spanish, Portuguese, English with French subtitles)
Fernand-Seguin screening room
March 15th - 27th, 2024
104 min
New releases

The mission of the Centre d'art et essai de la Cinémathèque québécoise (CAECQ) is to primary program Quebec-made documentaries and independent fiction, as well as international documentaries, animated and foreign films, while encouraging opportunities for meetings between the public and the artists. Its programming is presented in conjunction with the Cinémathèque québécoise’s under the label New releases.

Featuring the voice of Jeff Goldblum!
Official Selection of the 2023 TIFF and San Sebastián International Film Festival

They Shot the Piano Player
Directed by
Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
Spanish, Portuguese, English with French subtitles
Jeff Goldblum
Spain, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Peru
104 min
Animation, documentary, drama

A New York music journalist goes on a quest to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of young Brazilian piano virtuoso Francisco Tenorio Jr. A celebratory origin story of the world-renowned Latino musical movement Bossa Nova, They Shot The Piano Player 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.

They Shot the Piano Player

Fernando Trueba

Fernando Trueba is a Spanish filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Between 1974 and 1979, he worked as a film critic for Spain's leading daily newspaper El País. In 1980, he founded the monthly film magazine Casablanca, which he edited and directed during its first two years. Among other awards, he has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with Belle Époque in 1994, the Goya Award as Best Director three times and a Silver Bear for Year of Enlightment (1986) at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival. Miracle of Candeal (2004) won the Goya for Best Documentary, and Chico and Rita (2010), which he co-directed with Javier Mariscal, won the Goya for Best Feature Animation.

Javier Mariscal

Javier Mariscal is a Spanish graphic designer, comic book author, filmmaker, and painter. He drew and co-directed, with Fernando Trueba, the 2010 animated feature-length film Chico and Rita. The film celebrates the music and culture of Cuba and depicts a love story set against backdrops of Havana, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. They Shot the Piano Player (2023) is their second collaboration.


About Fernando Trueba