A Suitcase Full Of Chocolates; The Life of Pianist Sofia Cosma

A SUITCASE FULL of CHOCOLATES The LIfe of Pianist Sofia Cosma

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2013 USA   1hr 33min   Documentary  Rated PG

A Suitcase Full of Chocolate recounts the extraordinary history of Sofia Cosma, a brilliant concert pianist whose career was suppressed first by the Nazis and later by the Soviets. Years later, against all odds, Cosma reconstructed her life and profession as a performer in Romania, becoming one of the most celebrated pianists of Eastern Europe. The introduction by the documentary’s creator—concert pianist Lincoln Mayorga—includes live performances of work by composers Chopin and Rachmaninov (among others), with an overview of the history of Russian concert pianists from the last century using the experiences of Sofia Cosma as a prime example.

Lincoln Mayorga

Lincoln Mayorga is a classical concert pianist, arranger, conductor and composer and has worked in Rock&Roll, Pop, Jazz and Classical music.  He has been a pianist, arranger and conductor for artists like Barbara Streisand, Phil Ochs, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Frank Zappa, Mel Torme, Ringo Starr, Vicki Carr, Amanda McBroom and many more.


Belle

2014 UK   1hr 45min   Drama  Rated PG

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode).  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing.  While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.  After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.


Ida

2014 Poland   1hr 20min   Drama  Rated PG-13

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 196os Poland, who on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing tp become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naive, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda ( Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that here real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. The revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside and makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.