Fantastic Fest Review: Grand Piano

Grand Piano shouldn’t be this good.  But it is.  In fact, I found it rather great. 

Post-Fantastic Fest screening, a lot of descriptions were bandied about.  Many said it was very “DePalma.”  I’d say the film is Hitchcockian and Argento-esque in its execution with a story that feels culled from the brain of Larry Cohen.

But I don’t want all of that to say Grand Piano is simply “homage” because it’s not.  It is very much its own thing and credit for the film rests heavily on Spanish helmer Eugenio Mira who clearly understands how to build good old-fashioned, edge-of-your-seat tension that gets your palms sweaty.

Combine that with a dedicated performance by Elijah Wood and you’ve got a masterful display of suspense that, in my opinion, wins Fantastic Fest.

Grand Piano, Starring Elijah Wood, Finds U.S. Distribution

Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to Grand Piano in advance of its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin.

Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, the film was directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia) and produced by Adri

Elijah Wood, John Cusack Featured in the Trailer for Grand Piano

Director Eugenio Mira’s thriller, Grand Piano, is opening overseas next month and an international trailer has hit the web.  (The film is making its world premiere at Fantastic Fest which kicks off tomorrow.)

In the film, a renowned concert pianist (Elijah Wood) returns to the stage for one final performance, only to become the target of a sadistic cat-and-mouse game with a faceless sniper (John Cusack).

The trailer is effective, coming across like a blend of Dario Argento and Larry Cohen.