The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
Directed by Stephen Quay
Timothy Quay
Produced by Terry Gilliam
Keith Griffiths
Hengameh Panahi
Alexander Ris
Written by Alan Passes
Music by Trevor Duncan
Christopher Slaski
Cinematography Nick Knowland
Edited by Simon Laurie
Distributed by Zeitgeist Films
Release date
  • 2005 (2005)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Germany
United Kingdom
Language Portuguese

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a 2005 film by the Brothers Quay, featuring Amira Casar, Gottfried John and Assumpta Serna. It was the second feature-length film by the Brothers Quay and their first film in over ten years.


A 19th-century opera singer is murdered on-stage shortly before her forthcoming wedding. Soon after being slain by the nefarious Dr. Emmanuel Droz during a live performance, Malvina van Stille is spirited away to the inventor's remote villa to be reanimated and forced to play the lead in a grim production staged to recreate her abduction. As the time for the performance draws near, piano tuner of earthquakes Felisberto sets out to activate the seven essential automata who dot the dreaded doctor's landscape and make sure all the essential elements are in place. Once again instilled with life after her brief stay in the afterworld, amnesiac Malvina is soon drawn to the mysterious Felisberto as a result of his uncanny resemblance to her one-time fiancé Adolfo.

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