CLOSING Night and awards ceremony
I AM NOT A ROCK STAR
by Bobbi Jo Hart – 86 min, doc – Canada
The film will be followed by a Q&A with the director and Marika
after which Marika will perform a mini recital.
An absolutely outstanding documentary that follows the story of
20-year-old Marika Bournaki, who embarks on a journey to become a
world-class concert pianist, a dream she has had ever since her
first encouraged her to start playing the piano at the age of five.
Shot in cinéma vérité style over eight years, the film begins when
Marika is 12 years old and commuting every Saturday from Montreal to
attend Juilliard’s prestigious Pre-College Program in New York. She
moves on her own to New York City at age 14, and starts auditions
and performances around the world. The effects of this lifelong
of her parents to turn Marika into a star begin to reveal
themselves, while within the walls of Juilliard she finds a kindred
soul and her first love. The film ultimately reveals the gritty
realities of making it in the cutthroat classical music world, but
also how Marika matures to eventually question her path,
appropriating her musical passion to make it her own.
At the 2009 Palaces of St. Petersburg Festival in Russia, Ms.
Bournaki played the Schumann Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg
Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Lande. The performance was
aired on Russian television and made into a DVD. 2011 Canada’s Women
of the Year her numerous performances include: 2011 at Carnegie Hall
presented by the Glenn Gould Foundation. 2009-10 Grieg’s Piano
Concerto with the Montreal Symphony, Andrew Grams, conducting;
recitals of Chopin and Schumann at the National Arts Centre Debut
Recital Series in Ottawa and at the Seoul Arts Center Opera House in
South Korea; and at the Flanders Festival in Belgium and on the
Accordate Konzerte Series in Aachen, Germany. In addition
to a broadcast of National Public Radio’s From the Top, she has been
featured on radio in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and on television
in Canada and Europe.
Sunday, October 14
I am Not a Rock Star
by Bobbi Jo Hart
Tickets $15/$10 AARP members with valid ID