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Dispararon al pianista
They Shot the Piano Player
Who was Tenório Jr.? Intrigued by the talent and mystery hiding behind that question, a journalist embarks on an investigation that becomes a journey to the birth of one of the most fascinating genres in the music of Brazil and the planet—the bossa nova. This is the fictional device Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal use as the backbone of their journey through the life and works of the extraordinary pianist who, hours after having played with Vinicius de Moraes and Toquinho in Buenos Aires, and a few days after the coup d’ètat that would mark the beginning of the last civic-military dictatorship in Argentina, was abducted and dissapeared by a paramilitary force. An investigative thriller? An animated documentary? A musical? They Shot the Piano Player is all of that, but it’s also, above all things, a beautiful act of memory and justice.
Fernando Trueba (Spain, 1955) is a writer-director. He revitalized Spanish comedy with Opera Prima (1980), and received the Oscar with Belle Epoque (1992).
Javier Mariscal (Spain, 1950) is an animator and comic book artist, used to be an industrial designer and created Cobi, the mascot for the Barcelona ‘92 Olympic Games.