Piano Dreams

Sat 09 July / Pálás 1 / 13:30

2022 / Ireland & Germany / 85 min / Documentary

China is in the grip of ‘pianomania’. Of China’s entire body of musical students, 83% study the piano. Altogether, there are more than 30 million children and teenagers studying piano, with many practising up to ten hours a day. This film will follow three of them, and their families, as they attempt to realise their dreams in the competitive world of Chinese piano.
“Through the lives of three students and their families, we see the modern dynamic of middle class Chinese families, which might challenge some Western assumptions about Chinese society.” — WF

It’s both an intimate portrait of a remarkably talented group of young musicians, and a glimpse into the lives of the new Chinese middle class, the world’s most dynamic social group.

World Premiere

Followed by Q&A with director Gary Lennon.

Director: Gary Lennon
Writers: Gary Lennon & Raymond McCormack
Producer: Raymond McCormack

Principal funder