On 18 September, within the frame of the Budapest Classic Film Marathon, a remarkable documentary on the life of pianist Géza Anda will be presented in the library of the House of Music, Hungary.
Last year the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Géza Anda, the Hungarian-born Swiss pianist. On the occasion of the anniversary, the Zurich-based Géza Anda Foundation and the Hungarian National Film Archive launched a joint collaboration, which continues this year in House of Music, Hungary.
Film director Richard Leacoc, a master of direct cinema and cinéma verité, was not interested in filming his own ideas and opinions but instead he wanted to explore the world around him. He believed that anyone who sat long enough in front of a camera would eventually start behaving totally normally. The Géza Anda film faithfully reflects this directness and naturalness.
The film is showing a portrait of an intensely devoted musician whose entire persona was firmly anchored in every aspect of keyboard mastery as well as wrapped in the mysteries of Mozart’s (and Schumann’s) genius.