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Piano to Zanskar

Michal Sulima

United Kingdom / 2018 / 86' / International premiere

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COMPETITION

Facing his retirement, “sitting in deck chairs and eating lemon drizzle cake”, 65 year old piano tuner, Desmond O'Keeffe, decides instead to take on the most challenging and perilous delivery of his career: transporting a 100 year-old, 80 kilo, Broadwood and Sons upright piano, from bustling London to the remote heart of the Indian Himalayas. Desmond’s ambitious destination is a primary school in Lingshed, Zanskar, at 14,000 feet above sea level: one of the most isolated settlements in the world. Aided by a team of local Sherpas and a motley crew of yaks and ponies, Desmond and his trusty assistants are tested to the limit, physically and psychologically, as they cross sheer mountain passes of breath-taking beauty. If successful, the expedition will be the highest piano delivery in the world. More importantly, it will be the ultimate gesture of music’s universal power: to inspire strength and bring joy.

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Director

Michal Sulima

Michal Sulima is a self-taught filmmaker born in Poland. Michal graduated in Photography from University of the Arts London with a short film that made an official selection at the London Short Film Festival Since then, he has built a growing portfolio of short commercials and moved on to shoot and direct his first feature-length documentary, establishing himself as an up-and-coming cinematographer and filmmaker.

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Language: English, Hindi

Subtitles: Italian, English

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