78 min


Why Competitions

Dlaczego konkurs

Directing: Christine Jezior


The film focuses on the scandal following the elimination of the Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich who did not pass to the final round at the Chopin Piano Competition in 1980, which caused the world-famous Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich to leave the jury in protest, thanks to which Pogorelich became a star overnight. The film is divided in several chapters with each of them dealing with another competition year. The last chapter deals with the general question whether music competitions can be just and useful. Never before has such a wide range of world-famous musicians and eminent pedagogues spoken on this subject so candidly. With some ugly truths about corruption and bribery being revealed by these respectable persons, the question remains: "Why do these people often chose to remain an integral part of the international competition circuit?"
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