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Mr Mergler's Gift

Directed by Beverly Shaffer
Canada, 2004 (documentary, 31 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "L'héritage de Monsieur Mergler"
Mr Mergler's Gift
Image: © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"The girl sits at the piano and plays the opening bars of Für Elise. Daniel Mergler has heard the Beethoven bagatelle countless times over the decades, but this is different. He listens with surprise, and delight lights up the old man's eyes. The young pianist is Xin Ben, the 9-year-old daughter of Chinese immigrants. Fate has brought her to Mr Mergler, a music teacher whose career is drawing to a close. Mr Mergler's Gift is their remarkable story—a moving account of a student and her mentor, and a lyrical homage to the transcendent power of music. They will meet for less than a year—twenty-six lessons that change her life and his. Xin Ben illuminates his final months with her youthful talent, and in return he lovingly guides her towards a life in music. With a light touch and sure hand, Oscar-winning filmmaker Beverly Shaffer crafts a film of elegant simplicity and deep emotion, gracefully documenting a dying man's dedication to his young prodigy."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Germaine Ying Gee Wong, Sally Bochner
Participants: Daniel Mergler, Xin Ben Yu, Yonghong Yu, Hongyu Lei, Alexandre Solopov, Harold Hoffman
Cinematography: Andrei Khabad, Thomas Vamos
Film Editing: Benjamin Duffield
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada

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