“beautifully executed...you can feel the joy and surprise that must have gone through the concert hall and the winner." Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
Sometimes, life comes between us and our dreams. And sometimes, we are fortunate enough to be reunited.
Multi-award winning THEY CAME TO PLAY focuses on the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs (hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation), which gathers together 75 of the world’s best amateur pianists for one week of intense competition and camaraderie. Candid interviews offer a glimpse into the lives of the competitors, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. All have struggled to balance their music and their ordinary lives—some overcoming extraordinary challenges—and now, all hope to make years of dedication pay off in the performance of a lifetime.
Overflowing with the talent and enthusiasm of the competitors and with the sound of their spectacular music, THEY CAME TO PLAY reminds us all of the passion that burns within us.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – Winner Audience Award; Bucharest’s B-EST International Film Festival – Winner Best Documentary; SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival – Winner Best Documentary; Sonoma International Film Festival
“I fell in love with the brilliantly talented ‘amateurs’ I got to know
in this movie; I was inspired by them and proud of them. No
screenwriter could come up with a feeler-gooder movie than this one!”
-- David Pogue, The New York Times
"Bittersweet...a welcome twist on the now-ubiquitous kiddie competition doc."—Village Voice