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SDFF16-38: Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival "Thrive" / "Idil Biret: The Portrait of a Child Prodigy"
The Rialto Cinemas #4
Sebastopol, CA
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USA, 2015, 13 minutes
Director: Paul Szynol
A short documentary about the prodigious talent and irrepressible spirit of a musically precocious 12-year-old blind boy who plays the piano. We follow Matt Whitaker as he takes the lead in his first onstage performance and we root for him when he applies to school for musically gifted children.

Idil Biret: The Portrait of a Child Prodigy
Turkey, 2015, 61 minutes
Director: Eytan Ipeker
Idil Biret was five years old when she played piano for the Turkish President. Two years later, the Congress passed Idils Law which allowed her to study in Paris. Away from her friends, in an alien city, Idil was now working under strict supervision. As Arthur Rubinstein later recalled, the first time I heard her play she brought tears to my eyes. Director Eytan Ipeker provides many wonderful musical interludes from one of the most prolific pianists of all time.
In English, French, German and Turkish with English subtitles
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The Rialto Cinemas #4 (View)
6868 McKinley St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
United States


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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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