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Film Festival and Chamber Music Sedona present "Vitus" on April 15

Organizations team up for Sedona debut of award-winning film; Enjoy piano recitals before the screenings during member appreciation night

The Sedona International Film Festival and Chamber Music Sedona are teaming up to present the exclusive Sedona screening of "Vitus" in a special one-night only engagement. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres.

The event is presented as a partnership between the two organizations in this special member appreciation night where members of either or both organizations are admitted free of charge. The public is also invited to attend.
The evening will include pre-film piano recitals at both shows by the young musicians that will be competing in the Quick-Bowman Piano Competition presented by Chamber Music Sedona the following weekend (April 17) followed by the Quick-Bowman Piano Recital Sunday, April 18, 2pm at the Sedona Creative Life Center featuring an anticipated ten winning participants.

"It is a pleasure for us to be presenting this celebration of film and music with Chamber Music Sedona and be able to showcase the incredible talent we have in our area," said festival executive director Patrick Schweiss. "You'll get to see extraordinary, award-winning film and be treated to a pre-film concert by gifted young musicians in our area."

Director Fredi M. Murer's moving film "Vitus" was Switzerland's official 2006 Academy Awards entry for Best Foreign Language Film and was one of the most successful Swiss films of 2006. "Vitus" introduces us to an incredibly talented young pianist and actor, Teo Gheorghiu. The film also stars the renowned Bruno Ganz, Julika Jenkins and Urs Jucker.

By the age of 12, Vitus (played by real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu) is a highly gifted musician whose parents have high hopes for him in a career as a classical pianist. The daily pressure of hours of musical practice, his overprotective but well-meaning mother (Julika Jenkins) and his father's (Urs Jucker) precarious financial situation lead the boy to seek refuge at his eccentric grandfather's (Bruno Ganz) house.

"Vitus" is a universal story of the struggle children face growing up, whether to choose the safe and secure future mapped out by parents determined to "do what's best," for their child, or answer to the calling they discover inside themselves. As a gifted piano player, and a brilliant mathematician, precocious Vitus finds himself in this same situation, his parents want him to cultivate his talents and become highly successful just as they have done. But something inside is pulling Vitus in a different direction, and he must choose between obeying his parents and following his dreams. Ultimately however, "Vitus" is first and foremost a declaration of love to the inspiring and healing power of music.

One of the most renowned directors in his native Switzerland, writer/director Fredi M. Murer has an acclaimed forty-year body of work, which includes Locarno International Film Festival Golden Leopard winner "Hohenfeuer (Alpine Fire)," "Vollmond" and "Downtown Switzerland."

Veteran actor Bruno Ganz is one of Europe's most prolific and internationally distinguished stars. Best known to American audiences for his portrayal of Hitler in "The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Reich," Ganz starred in Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate" and Fernando Girasoli's "Bread and Tulips."

The event is co-presented by the Sedona International Film Festival and Chamber Music Sedona and is made possible by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Sedona.

"Chamber Music Sedona is very pleased to launch our first collaborative effort with SIFF, and we look forward to more programs that show the interconnection between music and film", said Chamber Music Sedona executive director Bert Harclerode.

The organizations are proud to announce that this is "Member Appreciation Night" where Film Sedona Members and Chamber Music Sedona members are admitted free of charge as a way of thanking them for their year-round support. The general public is also invited to both screenings. There will be donations accepted for the organizations at both screenings.

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"Vitus" will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Members of either organization are admitted free of charge. Tickets are $12 for non-member general admission and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can reserve tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 282-1177. For more information, visit:


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