THE PIANO TUNER

MULBERRY FILMS LLC - as PROD

Drama - Development 2017

In 1886, a shy, middle aged Piano Tuner named Edgar Drake receives a commission from the British War Office. To travel to the remote jungles of North East Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensible to the imperial design.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, THAILAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Andrew KNIGHT
    • Producer(s)
    • Gopi SAIT (MULBERRY FILMS LLC), Rashaana SHAH (MULBERRY FILMS LLC), Daria JOVICIC (Latitude Media)
    • Synopsis
    • When Edgar Drake is summoned to the British War Office and asked to tune an eccentric major's 1840 Erard grand piano in the jungles of Burma, he is both confused and intrigued. The year is 1886, and the British Empire is attempting to tighten its control of its colonies in the Far East, to fend off French rivals in the Mekong Delta, and to quell the resistance of a confederacy of local Shan tribes in northern Burma.
      Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll has established an important foothold in Mae Lwin, employing unconventional methods—reciting poetry and playing music—to negotiate treaties with Burmese opponents of British rule. He has demanded that a grand piano be hauled through the jungle and now requires a tuner to be sent to him as well. Such eccentric behavior causes the major to be regarded by some as a genius and by others as a suspicious renegade, but, as Edgar soon realizes, his actions may conceal even stranger truths.
      As Edgar embarks on his first trip abroad, the beauty and mystery of Burma, its entrancing landscape, its customs and music, and an exotic woman named Khin Myo cast a spell that he cannot resist. After his task is completed, Edgar decides to stay on with Anthony Carroll—a choice that will change his life as he becomes entangled in a series of events and emotions that spin dangerously out of control.
      Written in a prose capable of both historical precision and mystical lushness,The Piano Tuner explores British colonialism at a moment of crisis and the ill fortune of a man who confuses "the cause of music" with the cause of empire.
    • Partners & financing
    • Daria Jovicic
      Anna Granucci
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 15, 2018
    • End of shooting
    • Dec 31, 2018
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