Piazzolla, The Years of the Shark


Face the Music | 2018 | 90 minutes

Stranger Says: Astor Piazzolla was a genius bandoneon player (the instrument looks like an accordion) who caught tons of flak for revolutionizing tango with gestures from jazz and classical composition. Sort of like what A Tribe Called Quest did for hiphop, or what Magma did for rock. This documentary weaves together two stories with newly found archival footage and home movies. The first story is Piazzolla’s rise to international acclaim, and the second is about his son, Daniel Rosenfeld, the film’s director, who’s been tasked to preserve his father’s legacy while also facing their complicated past. Both stories don’t hold tons of tension, but the music makes the movie worth a watch. And, I mean, this man changed tango with a squeeze box. What did you ever do? (RICH SMITH)

SIFF Says: The audio archives of composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-92) enrich this look at his life and work, from his youth in New York City to his career as the greatest and most innovative master of the Argentine tango.


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Film Credits
Daniel Rosenfeld
Astor Piazzolla, Daniel Piazzolla
SIFF 2019