Shut Up and Play the Piano

Self-styled genius and musical prankster Chilly Gonzales is the focus of Philipp Jedicke's career-spanning documentary.

“Piano virtuoso, serial collaborator and self-declared genius, Jason Beck is a singular figure on the music scene. This Canadian cult star blurs the lines between rapper and classical composer, performance artist and punk provocateur. German first-time director Philipp Jedicke's documentary Shut Up and Play the Piano is a portrait of Beck that is heavy on attitude and swagger.

“Shut Up and Play the Piano interweaves contemporary interviews and performance footage with archive video from Beck's personal collection (featuring collaborators Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk). There are amusing clips of his early alt-rock band Son, plus some riotous flashbacks to bohemian Berlin in the grungy late 1990s, where Beck relocated with an entourage of fellow Canadian expats. In Berlin, he perfected his Machiavellian stage persona Chilly Gonzales and hosted a press conference declaring himself ‘president’ of the city's fabled underground music scene. Footage of that conference, part satirical prank and part publicly stunt, features in the film.

“Shut Up and Play the Piano is never boring, drawing its energy from Beck's knowing blend of motormouth bombast and flamboyant showmanship.” -  The Hollywood Reporter


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