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The Pianist

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Original title
The Pianist (Le Pianiste)
Running time
148 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ronald Harwood. Book: Wladyslaw Szpilman
Wojciech Kilar
Pawel Edelman
Co-production United Kingdom-France-Poland-Germany;
R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runteam Ltd
Drama | II World War. Nazism. Holocaust. Music. Biography. Historical
The film is adapted from the autobiography of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who detailed his survival during World War II. A composer and a pianist, he played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. During the brutal occupation, he eluded deportation and remained in the devastated Warsaw ghetto. There, he struggled to stay alive even when cast away from those he loved. He would eventually reclaim his artistic gifts and confront his fears, with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.
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2002: 3 Oscar: Best Director, Actor (Adrien Brody), Adapted Screenplay. 7 Nominations
2002: Golden Globes: 2 Nominations: Best Picture and Actor Drama (Adrien Brody)
2002: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm)
2002: 2 BAFTA Awards : Best Film and Director. 7 Nominations, including Best Actor
2002: 7 Cesar Awards including Best Movie, Actor, Director. 10 Nominations
2002: European Film Awards: Best Cinematography. 4 Nominations
2002: Critics' Choice Awards: Nominated for Best Picture and Best Director
2002: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2002: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actor (Adrien Brody)
2002: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Nom., including Best Picture & Director
2002: 3 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, incl. Best Film & Best Director
2002: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film
2002: Goya Awards: Best European Movie
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