The sacrifice of self, the acclaim, the adoring crowds… classical pianist Marika Bournaki fits the role. But the title of Bobbi Jo Hart’s award- winning biographical documentary, I Am Not A Rock Star, speaks to the contradictions of Bournaki’s life.
Made over a span of eight years – following the classical phenom from 12-20 – Hart’s film amounts to a front row seat in the unfolding of a life and the forming of a personality. Shot in verité style in concert halls, hotels and airports around the world – and featuring stunning piano performances – the film turns Bournaki’s life into a visual narrative, revealing both the rewards and costs of a life dedicated to music.
I Am Not A Rock Star gives viewers a rare and candid look inside the world of classical music – a world that demands an elusive alchemy of sacrifice, talent and serendipity . As Marika seeks her place and identity in this world, we witness her conflict-ridden evolution from child to adult.
I am not a rock star
Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
World Premiere - FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILMS SUR L’ART MONTREAL 2012
Best Feature Documentary - Syracuse International Film Festival, USA
Best Documentary - Mount Hood Independent Film Festival, USA
Special Jury Mention – Jeocheon Music&Film Festival, Korea
Official Selection: Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Barcelona Music Documentary Film Festival, Chicago International Movies & Music Film Festival, Dingle Film Festival, Carmel Art & Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival, Syracuse International Film Festival, Mount Hood Independent Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Palm Springs American Documentary Film Festival, Sao Paolo Music Documentary Film Festival, Memphis Film & Music Festival, Richmond International Film Festival, Jeocheon Music & Film Festival Korea, Parnu Documentary Film Festival, Mexico City DOCSDF Documentary Film Festival, Miami Women’s Film Festival, Eastern Townships Film Festival, Zlin Film Festival Czech Republic, Gimli Film Festival, Tucson Music&Film Festival
What people say
“Bobbi Jo Hart attains such graceful intimacy…”
“I am not a rock star” is a very touching film … Marika’s level of dedication is enough to inspire everybody”
“I am not a rock star” is a rare and valuable tribute to both classical music and talented pianist Marika Bournaki.”
“..Entertaining diva antics”
“…A fascinating portrait”