Russia, 2010, 3mn 
Colour, animation
Tales of an Old Piano. Gioachino Rossini
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Сказки старого пианино. Джоаккино Россини


 Contes du vieux piano. Gioachino Rossini

 Skazki starogo pianino. Dzhoakkino Rossini

Directed by : Oxana CHERKASOVA (Оксана ЧЕРКАСОВА)
Writing credits : Oxana CHERKASOVA (Оксана ЧЕРКАСОВА), Irina MARGOLINA (Ирина МАРГОЛИНА)
Production : Studio M.I.R.

Plot synopsis
The action takes place in the kitchen. Here, among the pots, pans, ladles and colanders, hidden in clubs of fragrant steam stands Gioachino Rossini, master of magical music and… cookery. We are in Rossini’s workshop, his creative kitchen in its literal meaning. Singing arias from popular operas, he deftly juggles with knives, cutting truffles and herbs. It is a well-know cyclus of piano pieces called “Hors d'oeuvres” – “Hot appetizers”. Maestro is accompanied by a choir of merry scullions. They beat out music rhythm with the spoons and play on plates and glasses, like on the xylophone. Rossini’s magic animates even vegetables: they sing “Trio Tomatoe” and cavatina “Salatoe”.

Selected in the following festivals :
- Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, Pesaro (Italy), 2013
- Festival Russian kino 'Moscow Premier Screenings', Moscow (Russia), 2012
- Big Cartoon Festival, Voronezh (Russia), 2012
- Honfleur Russian Film Festival, Honfleur (France), 2011
- Soirées du cinéma russe de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France), 2011
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Open Russian Festival of Animated Film, Suzdal (Russia), 2011
- BCF. The Big Cartoon Festival, Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2011
- International Animated Films Festival "KROK", Kiev (Ukraine), 2011

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