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Why Competitions (2011)

Nobody less than the Hungarian Bela Bartok once declared: "Competitions are for horses, not artists!" Using the example of the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the documentary film "Why ... See full summary »


Christine Jezior


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivo Pogorelich Ivo Pogorelich ... Himself
Martha Argerich Martha Argerich ... Herself
Vladimir Ashkenazy Vladimir Ashkenazy ... Himself
Garrick Ohlsson Garrick Ohlsson ... Himself
Emanuel Ax Emanuel Ax ... Himself
Janina Fialkowska Janina Fialkowska ... Herself
Diane Walsh Diane Walsh ... Herself
Kazimierz Kord Kazimierz Kord ... Himself
Pavel Gililov Pavel Gililov ... Himself
Dina Yoffe Dina Yoffe ... Herself
Tatiana Malinin-Fedkina Tatiana Malinin-Fedkina ... Herself
Lidia Grychtolowna Lidia Grychtolowna ... Herself
Leon Fleisher Leon Fleisher ... Himself
Christian Zacharias Christian Zacharias ... Himself
Lev Natochenny Lev Natochenny ... Himself


Nobody less than the Hungarian Bela Bartok once declared: "Competitions are for horses, not artists!" Using the example of the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the documentary film "Why Competitions" looks into the question whether the competitive spirit that dominates music competitions is conformable with objective and ethical precepts, whether the prize winners actually benefit from their success and what happens to those who are often being stigmatized as "losers". This documentary film about the most important piano competition in the world was produced on the occasion of Frederic Chopins 200th birthday. It lets the participants and jury members have their say, some of who have learned to keep their distance to their experiences, yet most of them are unable to forget and accept the fact they had to suffer injustice even after 60 years. The film focuses on the scandal following the elimination of the Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich who did not pass to the final round at the ... Written by Oskar Jezior

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Poland | Germany


Polish | German | English | Russian

Release Date:

8 May 2011 (Poland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brussels, Belgium See more »


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PLN750,000 (estimated)
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Gina Project, Maam.tv See more »
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Excellent documentary! Insightful and entertaining!
9 June 2012 | by feifanohSee all my reviews

Usually documentaries wear out the viewer's attention easily, but not this one! I found myself laughing for most of the time through out the documentary, because of the brilliant editing and the documentary's creative structure. There was ample information but never too much as they were brought out in very simple ways without trying too hard to be interesting because the stars in the documentary were quite full of character already - very entertaining. I like that the documentary made a stand very clearly; very bold but still left some space for thoughts. After finishing watching the documentary, I felt like I could watch it again and still not be bored by it. Brilliant piece of work. I highly recommend it!

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