Considering the Quays screening: The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

On the eve of her wedding, the beautiful opera singer Malvina (Amira Casar) is mysteriously killed and abducted by a malevolent Dr. Droz (Gottfried John). Felisberto, an innocent piano tuner, is summoned to Droz's secluded villa to service his strange musical automatons.

Little by little Felisberto learns of the doctor's plans to stage a "diabolical opera" and of Malvina's fate. He secretly conspires to rescue her, only to become trapped himself in the web of Droz's perverse universe.

Shown with In Absentia, a collaboration with the celebrated avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. In Absentia combines live action and animation to convey the mindscape of a woman alone in a room repeatedly writing a letter with broken off pieces of pencil lead, while outside her window vistas of ever changing light register her every emotion.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


$7 general public; $6 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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