WINNER: THE UNFORGETTABLES AWARD, CINEMA EYE HONORS AWARDS 2016
WINNER: TRULY MOVING PICTURE AWARD, HEARTLAND FILM 2015
How should we live? A question asked by philosophers and the masses alike, and one which Seymour Bernstein has been cultivating an answer to over 50 years of playing and teaching the piano.
Crippled by stage-fright as a younger man, Bernstein chose to forgo a promising career as a concert pianist, instead choosing to pursue a life as a private piano teacher to the most gifted and promising students. Over several decades helping other pianists reach their own potential Bernstein has developed a profound and breathtakingly clear view on life and art and a belief that the two need not, and indeed should not, be separated.
Ethan Hawke is one of Bernstein’s greatest admirers. Once troubled by his own stage-fright and confusion over his place as an artist, Hawke took Berstein as his friend and mentor. In this delicately crafted film Hawke takes us into Bernstein’s world, one that is at once simple and profound, in order simply to share his friend’s wise and charismatic world-views.
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Director: Ethan Hawke
Run Time: 81 min
"★★★☆ Bernstein is as eloquent with words as he is with interpreting Schubert, Chopin and Beethoven."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“[An] intimate, big-hearted documentary…as much a movie about life as about art”
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Critics’ Pick
“I could have watched it all day. And then the next day and the day after that”
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Hawke may be an unobtrusive presence onscreen, but his…affection for his friend and mentor permeates every frame.”
- Justin Chang, Variety