I am not a rock star

Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
Producer: Adobe Productions International

The sacrifice of self, the acclaim, the adoring crowds… classical pianist Marika Bournaki fits the role. But the title of Bobbi Jo Hart’s award- winning biographical documentary, I Am Not A Rock Star, speaks to the contradictions of Bournaki’s life.

Made over a span of eight years – following the classical phenom from 12-20 – Hart’s film amounts to a front row seat in the unfolding of a life and the forming of a personality. Shot in verité style in concert halls, hotels and airports around the world – and featuring stunning piano performances – the film turns Bournaki’s life into a visual narrative, revealing both the rewards and costs of a life dedicated to music.

I Am Not A Rock Star gives viewers a rare and candid look inside the world of classical music – a world that demands an elusive alchemy of sacrifice, talent and serendipity . As Marika seeks her place and identity in this world, we witness her conflict-ridden evolution from child to adult.

Presented as a world première at the 30th International Festival of Films on Art in Montréal, I Am Not A Rock Star has moved audiences at prestigious festivals worldwide, including the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, Guanajuato’s International Film Festival, Carmel Art & Film Festival, the Music Documentary Film Festival in Barcelona, Napa Valley International Film Festival, DOCSDF in Mexico City and the Syracuse International Film Festival where it won best documentary award.

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