In a little street in Brussels, two identical buildings stand side by side. One of them is home to famous concert pianist Martha Argerich, while the Tiempo-Lechner family, known for its long lineage of piano prodigies, lives next door. Family matriarch and pedagogue Lyl Tiempo presides over her renowned children Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner, as well as Karin’s young daughter Natasha. At a mere 13 years old, Natasha is already a busy performer who carries the weight of her famous musical heritage squarely on her young shoulders.
The documentary accompanies world-class pianists on their daily journey: on the one hand Martha Argerich, who invites various musicians from all over the world to fill her home with music, and on the other hand the Tiempo-Lechner family, consisting of Lyl, her children Sergio and Karin, and Karin’s 13 year old daughter Natasha.
The camera accompanies the artists during practice, backstage before performances, on family dinners, at school and in various other situations, offering the viewer unique personal insight into the lives of these extraordinary musicians.
The viewer gains first-hand experience into the highly charged world of top-level music making: while pressure and hard work always remain at the forefront, there is also great fulfillment and joy in mastering difficult works, and in experiencing an audience’s appreciation and applause at the conclusion of a successful concert on one of the great stages of the world.
One of the central motives of the film is the relationship between mother and daughter: how have Karin’s decisions, passions and life choices influenced Natasha? How does Natasha cope with growing up in a family of piano prodigies? Are her choices really her own, or was she simply born and raised into this life?
A co-production of Daniel Rosenfeld Films, Mariano Nante, Gaspar Scheuer, Sandra de la Fuente, Luciana Corti, with the support of INCAA, Teatro Colón, Fundación Vocación Humana, Universidad del Cine, Nandú Sonido and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.