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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

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Category: Edition 2018

IMPOSED PIECE is a cinematographic chronicle of the most prestigious violin’s competition: the Queen Elisabeth. Through this documentary, the audience meets some of the twelve finalists and follows their intense preparation. These young and talented musicians finally have the chance to prove their worth as soloists after years of practice and sacrifices. Pressure and expectations are high. In complete seclusion and during an eight-days period, they have to study a compulsory piece and a concerto of their choice. Little by little, the film reveals how they prepare, how they cope with stress and how they reflect on their past and future.

Original Title OPGELEGD WERK
Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 74'
Production Year 2017
Nationality Belgium
Directed by Brecht Vanhoenacker
Produced by Eva Van Riet, Bram Sterckx

 regista Brecht VanhoenackerBRECHT VANHOENACKER
Brecht Vanhoenacker, after graduating from the Royal Academy Of Fine Arts of Ghent, as a ‘master in audiovisual art’, started working as an assistant director in 1998. In 2004 he directed his first commercial with the production company CCP, which soon gave him the opportunity to move further on in his career. He is currently represented by Caviar Content Brussels. Brecht has shot a lot of visual comedy and was honored with several international awards, including the golden award at New York Festival and the silver award Silver CCB Award Brussels. He also has a big interest in documentary and after BUFFALO FOREVER (2013-2014) he recently finished his fourth film together with Victoria Deluxe BLIJ DAT IK JOU HEB (SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU, 2015-201).

Director’s statement
The Queen Elisabeth Competition is a prestigious music contest alternately held for young violinists, pianists and singers in Brussels. IMPOSED PIECE follows the 12 finalists at the 2015 violin competition. In addition to a well-known violin concerto, they also have to perform a work composed specially for the competition’s finale. They practice for eight days in complete isolation—they even have to turn over their phones—in a chapel surrounded by nature. In this documentary film, we discover the behind-the-scenes world of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, a musical contest with a worldwide reputation. Touching portraits of the finalists reveal their love for the violin and the reasons they choose to participate in this prestigious competition.



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