Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s Bossa Nova-themed animated film THEY SHOT THE PIANO PLAYER in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on February 23, 2024, before expanding nationwide in the following weeks.
The film is produced by Cristina Huete of Trueba PC (CHICO & RITA) in Spain, along with Serge Lalou for Les Films d’Ici (JOSEP) in France, Janneke van de Kerkhof for Submarine Sublime (BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF TURTLES) in the Netherlands, and Humberto Santana in Portugal. It is executive produced by Nano Arrieta of Atlantika and Fabien Westerhoff of Film Constellation.
From the duo behind the 2012 Academy Award®-nominated CHICO & RITA, THEY SHOT THE PIANO PLAYER is narrated by Jeff Goldblum and features a who’s who of the best of Brazilian music, including João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Vinicius de Moraes, Milton Nascimento and Paulo Moura.
In THEY SHOT THE PIANO PLAYER, a New York music journalist goes on a quest to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of young Brazilian piano virtuoso Tenorio Jr. A celebratory origin story of the world-renowned Latino musical movement Bossa Nova, the film captures a fleeting time bursting with creative freedom at a turning point in Latin American history in the 60s and 70s, just before the continent was engulfed by totalitarian regimes.
The film marks the second collaboration between Sony Pictures Classics and Trueba after the 1992 Academy Award®-winning BELLE ÉPOQUE.