The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
Directed byStephen Quay
Timothy Quay
Written byAlan Passes
Produced byTerry Gilliam
Keith Griffiths
Hengameh Panahi
Alexander Ris
CinematographyNick Knowland
Edited bySimon Laurie
Music byTrevor Duncan
Christopher Slaski
Distributed byZeitgeist Films
Release date
  • 2005 (2005)
Running time
99 minutes
United Kingdom

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is a 2005 animated drama film by the Brothers Quay, featuring Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna and Cesar Sarachu. 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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