The tribute to the great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould that the OCC is organizing in association with the Canadian Embassy in Athens to mark the 80th anniversary of his birth, and 30th of his death, will end with a concert featuring Marika Bournaki, the 20 year-old Canadian pianist of Greek descent who is very much a rising star on the international music scene.
J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971
L. van Beethoven: Piano sonata no. 30 op. 109
S. Rachmaninov: Preludes no. 4, 7, op. 23, Étude-tableau no. 3 op. 39
F. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61
R. Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien op. 26
85 minutes — STC, Bobbi Jo Hart, Canada, 2012
Distributed by Adobe Productions International
Featuring: Marika Bournaki
Marika Bournaki has quickly become one of Canada’s brightest young stars. Heralded as a piano prodigy at the age of five, and performing as a soloist with world class symphonies at the age of 12, she has won the hearts and praise of audiences and critics from around the world. Bobbi Jo Hart’s I Am Not A Rock Star gives us a unique and intimate portrait of this young artist. Hart followed Marika over the past eight years of her life (from age 12 to 20) providing us a rare and revealing glimpse inside an artist’s evolution. It’s amazing to watch Marika’s development from a young ambitious girl to a forcefully determined (and sometimes rebellious) adolescent while witnessing her talent grow exponentially in the competitive and demanding world of classical music. Growing up is hard but growing up with this high level of talent is even harder. Robin Smith, Hot Docs
Director Bobbi Jo Hart and musician and subject Marika Bournaki will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Marika will give a live piano performance following the screening. The new Yamaha C3X Grand Piano is provided courtesy of the Toronto Piano Group and Music Education Centre.
Co-presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
- NOW Magazine review
- The Grid review
- Globe and Mail review
- Toronto Film Scene review
- National Post review
A rare and candid look inside the classical music world, where we discover the elusive alchemy of talent, sacrifice and luck required to make it to the top. We witness Marika Bournaki mature from child prodigy to adult before our eyes, experiencing her incredible musical talent evolve, as well as the bittersweet sacrifice one family makes over time to help her become a star.
Shot over eight years, I Am Not A Rock Star is the coming-of-age journey of fiery, Juilliard-trained pianist Marika Bournaki, who will stop at nothing to become a world-class concert pianist. Marika’s parents never realized their own youthful dreams in music and ballet; but they saw their daughter’s raw talent as early as age 5. Her father-turned-manager risked everything – including his career, family and marriage – to make Marika into a star. From child prodigy accolades at age 9, to backstage tears and moving alone to New York City to study at Juilliard at age 14, the film includes behind-the-scenes footage at concerts, airports, auditions and in hotel rooms around the world. On the cusp of international stardom at age 20, Marika has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Verbier Festival, had an audition with a major recording label, and found her first love – but also finds out her parents are divorcing and begins to question her path. With over 130 hours of footage in nearly a dozen international locations, this is a process film shot in cinema veritթ style about chasing an elusive dream and the cost that comes with it.
Generously supported by Pepper and Michael Jackson.
- More information on offcial website of Napa Valley Film Festival
- San Francisco Classical Voice interview with Marika Bournaki (PDF)
Canadian child prodigy Marika Bournaki plays the piano like God, but is starting to rebel against expectations and family pressure. A raw ritual of rupture and disenchantment: from 12 to 20 years old, from girl to woman, and from genius to person.
Possibly the most thorough examination of the phenomenon of child prodigies that ever was. Uber-gifted Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki has been playing the instrument like God since a very tender age, guided through the academic voyage by the firm hand of her father and teacher. I Am Not a Rockstar sets about documenting a coming of age process (from 12 to 20) that soon unravels unexpected circumstances, and the crude process of rupture (in both family and professional spheres) that explodes in a hurricane of teenage rage and angst about personal freedom. A genius that claims to be more than just that, and demands the restoration of her humanity and normality. The film investigates the causes of this disenchantment (expectations from frustrated artist parents (violinist father and ballerina mother), non-existent childhood, aspiration overload…) and registers every bend in the rocky road to fame. The end result is an accurate examination of the duality of passion/business (“I love music, but I don’t like playing for people. I’m not a rockstar”), and a crystalline analysis of family conflicts and the wear and tear produced by growing up in the public eye. From girl to woman, and from genius to person.
Bobbi Jo Hart is an award-winning Canadian director, producer, photographer, writer and researcher. She’s also versatile: some of her previous works deal with women’s tennis, nurses in Pakistan and mothers with nervous depression.
Bobbi Jo Krals-Hart will introduce the film on Saturday 3th at 22:30h at Aribau Club 2