Hitchcockian thriller 'Grand Piano' hits Harkins

2014-05-09T06:00:00Z 2014-05-09T08:31:10Z Hitchcockian thriller 'Grand Piano' hits Harkins Arizona Daily Sun
May 09, 2014 6:00 am

A film about a pianist who faces a terrifying threat during an already nerve-wracking performance is set to come to Harkins Theatres as part of an ongoing monthly independent film series.

The Sedona International Film Festival will bring the premiere of “Grand Piano” on Wednesday. There will be one screening of the film at 7 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres. Tickets are $12, $9 for Film Festival members and $6 for full-time students and will be available starting at 6 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Learn more at

Elijah Wood and John Cusack star in what has been described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller that critics and audiences are comparing to Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”

Tom Selznick (Wood) — the most talented pianist of his generation — stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. 

In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: “Play one wrong note and you die.” Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper’s motives and look for help without anyone realizing.

“Elijah Wood really plays on screen the piano pieces that his character tackles,” said director Eugenio Mira. “The actor took piano lessons as a child. He had a coach throughout the pre-production and during the shoot, as some parts were almost impossible to perform, even for professional musicians. In fact, the script actually describes one of the fundamental pieces in the film (‘La Cinquette’) as ‘the impossible piece,’ as it contains fragments that are technically impossible in reality.”

Of “Grand Piano” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes, “This thriller set in a concert hall is a stunt, but a damn good one. Maybe risk hasn’t died yet in filmmaking.”

Andrea Houchard, Matt Goodwin and James Joiner from Philosophy in the Public Interest and the Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department will lead a discussion following the film screening.

The series is made possible by a grant from the Flagstaff Community Foundation and Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation. Additional support comes from the Northern Arizona University Cinema Studies Program and Philosophy Department. 

— Seth Muller

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