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Houston! See Elijah Wood in the Hitchcock-inspired thriller GRAND PIANO

One flawed note and a pianist dies in this tense thriller screening as part of the 2013 Fantastic Fest On Tour.

Houston! See Elijah Wood in the Hitchcock-inspired thriller GRAND PIANO

GRAND PIANO is a movie whose logline threatens to overshadow the film itself. A concert pianist suffering from stage fright must play a perfect show – one missed note and he will be killed by a sniper positioned in the balcony. Thankfully, the film, under the direction of composer-turned-director Eugenio Mira, rises to the occasion and becomes one of the decade’s best thrillers.

Elijah Wood stars as Tom Selznick, a pianist consumed with nerves in the moments before his big comeback performance. As if the pressure of a packed audience wasn’t enough, he discovers a note moments before he takes the stage that informs him that one flaw in his performance will end with a bullet entering his brain. John Cusack plays the man at the other end of the sniper riffle in this tense Hitchcock-inspired thriller that is told largely in real-time.

Elijah Wood has been picking some amazing films lately and GRAND PIANO is no exception. The movie is a ridiculously tense ride from start to finish and Wood is the perfect vehicle for said ride. His expressive face and sympathetic demeanor make for a great protagonist in the vein of Jimmy Stewart. The audience wants Wood to win but unfortunately all the odds seem to be stacked against him.

Mira’s film has it all – a tense story, great acting and wonderful music. It’s a film that will stick in your mind for months to come so get a head start on obsessing over this intricately designed thriller when it screens at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Vintage Park ahead of its release date this November as a part of the 2013 Fantastic Fest On Tour.

Note: The trailer below is in Spanish because that's where the film was released. The movie itself is in English, though. No English-language trailers are available at this time.

"'Phone Booth in a concert hall' -- except that it's quite a bit better than that." - Scott Weinberg, Rotten Tomatoes

"Probably the best Brian De Palma movie he never made, "Grand Piano" expands the boundaries of single-location, real-time mysteries like 'Phone Booth' and 'Panic Room' with a brilliantly simple concept and nimble, elegant style." - Todd Gilchrist, The Playlist

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