Grand Piano

Grand Piano

Eugenio Mira (2013)

15 Certificate


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A virtuoso pianist on the comeback trail experiences his own personal symphony of horror in this tantalising thriller from Agnosia director Eugenio Mira. Elijah Wood stars as Tom Selznick, who returns to play a concert five years after bottling out of completing his late mentor's most difficult composition. As if that wasn't nerve-racking enough, Selznick (or "Failznick" as one wag calls him) is soon targeted by a nefarious, unseen sniper who demands that he gives the perfect concert or else. It may not be quite as claustrophobic as the similarly themed Phone Booth, but Mira's sweeping ode to Hitchcock nevertheless looks grand and has plenty of cinematic brio and edgy, well-edited moments. Wood is a suitably jittery as he tries to overcome his stage fright and extricate himself from his tortuous plight, as well as keep his watching wife safe. But the tension fizzles once the reasons for the gunman's motives become evident. A shame, as it's an intriguing conceit.


A pianist prepares to make his comeback performance after a concert ruined by stage fright years previously. As he prepares to take the stage, he receives a chilling anonymous message, telling him that he will be killed by a sniper if he makes a single mistake. Thriller, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack.

Cast & Crew

Tom Selznick Elijah Wood
Clem John Cusack
Emma Selznick Kerry Bishé
Ashley Tamsin Egerton
Wayne Allen Leech
Assistant Alex Winter
Reisinger Don McManus
A & V interviewer Dee Wallace Stone
Director Eugenio Mira
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Sep 2014