WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Shut Up and Play the Piano
Dir. Philipp Jedicke | 82 min
EnglishFrenchGerman with English subtitles
Monday, May 138:30 PM E Street Cinema
Thursday, May 238:40 PM 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.
Festivals and Awards
- 2018, Berlin International Film Festival
Genres and Topics