VIFF 2014: In Search of Chopin astutely illuminates a master

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      In Search of Chopin (U.K.)

      Phil Grabsky’s In Search of… series certainly has a formula, but it’s a damn good one. His Mozart and Haydn searches uncovered more chronologically remote, if musically outgoing, figures and here it changes tack to explore an inward-looking artist who personally eschewed the limelight—Chopin only performed about 20 major concerts in his brief lifetime—but sought and found a timeless place in music. Told mostly through letters sent by the Polish wunderkind (many to or about the love of his life, britches-wearing novelist Georges Sand), the intensely piano-centred film features astute comments and even better illustrations from the likes of Daniel Barenboim, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes.

      SFU, October 6 (6 p.m.); Vancity, October 8 (2:15 p.m.)