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New Animation Celebrates Chopin
February 4, 2009   
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Project Chopin is a new animated film project celebrating the life of Poland's greatest composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) from the Polish arm of Breakthru Films, the Oscar-winning British producers of Peter and the Wolf. A four-and-a-half minute preview premiered Jan. 19 at Cannes' Jane Gray d'Albion Hotel before being screened at the Polish National Pavilion at this year's annual MIDEM music industry trade fair in Cannes.

Project Chopin has four components. The first is a 108-minute feature with a 30-minute animated story followed by a documentary where film is intercut with animation. The last 48 minutes consists of two-minute animated segments featuring each of Chopin's 24 piano études.

The second component is a "Life Show" combining film, dance and music. The third is a DVD and the fourth is a 60-minute TV special accompanied by a special set of 24 shorts, each of which is based on an étude.

Project Chopin was shot in a format so that its various components can easily be downloaded to PCs and mobile phones. The idea is to introduce the music of Chopin to the younger generation.

The MIDEM presentation and premiere were organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of Chopin 2010, a festival to celebrate the bicentenary of the composer's birth.

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