Adrien Brody in 'The Pianist'. Courtesy Photofest
Hour: 9.30PM

Directed by

Roman Polanski

From the Novel by

Władysław Szpilman

Screenplay

Ronald Harwood

Cinematographer

Paweł Edelman

Editor

Hervé de Luze

Production Designer

Allan Starski

Costume Designer

Anna B. Sheppard

Special Effects

Adrian Lorbert

Music

Wojciech Kilar

Sound

Jean-Marie Blondel

Main Cast

Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Michal Zebrowski
Frank Finlay
Maureen Lipman
Ed Stoppard
Julia Rayner
Jessica Kate Meyer
Ruth Platt
Valentine Pelka
Emilia Fox
Andrew Tiernan

Production

RP Productions, StudioCanal, Studio Babelsberg and other companies.

Great Britain, France, Poland, Germany
2002
150’

Language

Original English language version with Italian subtitles

World Sales

Tamasa Distribution

Synopsis

Warsaw, 01 September 1939. Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman, forced to conform to race laws and move into the ghetto, escapes deportation with help from a guard and runs away after being put into forced labor. Hidden in an apartment by some friends, he watches the insurrection of Warsaw, powerless to do anything about it. He changes his hiding place but risks dying of hunger. He is discovered by a German official who, having learned of the man’s former profession, brings him to a room with a piano and invites Szpilman to play. The official is struck by the pianist’s performance and decides to help him, feeding him for months until the Germans are forced to abandon the city in the face of the Russian onslaught. With the war over, Szpilman returns to his art, while the official dies in a Soviet prison camp.

booking info

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