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.
What people say
“Bobbi Jo Hart attains such graceful intimacy…”
“I am not a rock star” is a very touching film … Marika’s level of dedication is enough to inspire everybody”
“I am not a rock star” is a rare and valuable tribute to both classical music and talented pianist Marika Bournaki.”
“..Entertaining diva antics”
“…A fascinating portrait”