Sedona International Film Festival presents the Arizona premiere of “In Search of Chopin.” The event will show in Sedona on Monday, Aug. 14, at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Director Phil Grabsky brings to the cinema screens around the world the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin — one of the greatest composers of all time — in “In Search of Chopin.”

His grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide — but who exactly was this man who was terrified of public performance, who fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return, took up with the most notorious transvestite in France, rarely gave public performances and, despite a life of ill health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written? How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

For four years, Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin.

By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam and Kevin Kenner, Grabsky hopes to answer those questions.

Renowned stage and screen star Juliet Stevenson provides narration. David Dawson brings life to the letters of Chopin himself.

“‘In Search of Chopin’ is a superb account of a driven artist, providing an understanding of the creative impulse and how it is captured and expressed.” — The National Business Review

“In Search of Chopin” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Aug. 14, at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, by calling 282-1177 or online at Both the theater and film festival office are at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.