Eugenio Mira Elijah Wood Grand Piano

The sustained cinematic tension seen in 2013’s offerings has carried over into the new year with Eugenio Mira’s “Grand Piano”, a high-concept thriller starring Elijah Wood as a concert pianist forced to deliver a flawless performance—or suffer fatal consequences. It’s a silly but gripping premise that first caught our attention at Fantastic Fest, and now you can hear the film’s director and star discuss its many facets.

As part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Free Talk series, Mira and Wood took the stage and spoke about the genre elements of “Grand Piano,” and specifically the intensely specific technical know-how required to pull off such an immersive narrative. Wood talks the process of raising his musical abilities to the point of comfort for his role; meanwhile, Mira interestingly points, not to De Palma or Hitchcock as his main influence, but rather to silent cinema—to capture a “musicality based just on the sequence of images, on the size and length of a shot.”

The entire talk is an informative and jovial affair, thanks to Mira and Wood’s upbeat personalities. Watch the full clip below, and catch “Grand Piano” on iTunes now or in theatres March 7th.