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Michael Radford, 2011
France/Germany/Italy | Format: Digibeta | 102 minutes
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Radford (Il postino) returns to his documentary roots in this touching look at the extraordinarily gifted jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, more commonly known as “brittle bone disease,” Petrucciani barely reached 3 feet in height in adulthood, and throughout his life had to cope with the physical challenge of just trying to lead a normal life. Yet despite the pain, he developed large and loyal followings for his music on both sides of the Atlantic, earning the respect and friendship of the world’s finest jazz musicians—several of whom appear in the film to offer their tributes. Filled with Petrucciani’s music as well as details of his life—cut tragically short in 1999, when he had just turned 36—Radford’s new film celebrates the legacy of a truly inspirational artist.