Shut Up and Play the Piano

Dir. Philipp Jedicke | 82 min
Documentary Germany 2018
EnglishFrenchGerman with English subtitles

Tuesday, May 1412:30 AM E Street Cinema

Friday, May 2412:40 AM Bethesda Row Cinema

Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist, and entertainer Chilly Gonzales is a frequent collaborator with Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk, and Drake. Criss-crossing between rap, electro, and solo piano music—and between 90s underground Berlin, Paris, and his homeland of Canada—he became an outlandish pop performer who crashed classical music’s ivory tower.

He claims to only be “professionally” Jewish, as a useful bit of color for journalists seeking a hook. But the truth, as with all things Chilly, is more complex: his upbringing as the son of Ashkenazi Jews forced to flee from Hungary during WWII propelled his career and provided him more artistic fuel than he lets on.

Co-presented by Embassy of Germany German Historical Institute Goethe-Institut Washington


Festivals and Awards

  • 2018, Berlin International Film Festival

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Print Source

Charlotte Delfosse

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