A Late Quartet
A Late Quartet poster
Directed by Yaron Zilberman
Produced by Yaron Zilberman
Mandy Tagger
Vanessa Coifman
David Faigenblum
Emanuel Michael
Tamar Sela
Written by Yaron Zilberman
Seth Grossman

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Christopher Walken
Catherine Keener

Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Editing by Yuval Shar
Distributed by Entertainment One
Release November 2, 2012
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $1,562,546

A Late Quartet (released in Australia as Performance) is a 2012 American drama film co-written (with Seth Grossman), produced, and directed by Yaron Zilberman. The film uses chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially, Beethoven's Op. 131.


As a quartet approaches its 25th anniversary, the debilitating illness of one member unleashes the drama in their relationships.

Adaptation from source material

The scene in which Peter Mitchell tells his music class an anecdote about meeting Pablo Casals is adapted from an anecdote found in Cellist, the autobiography of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky; the circumstances of the encounter and the pieces played are changed in the film, but Casals's words are essentially identical to those recounted by Piatigorsky.


  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert Gelbart
  • Christopher Walken as Peter Mitchell
  • Catherine Keener as Juliette Gelbart
  • Mark Ivanir as Daniel Lerner
  • Imogen Poots as Alexandra Gelbart
  • Wallace Shawn as Gideon Rosen
  • Anne Sofie von Otter as Miriam
  • Nina Lee (of the Brentano Quartet) as herself, in the closing scene

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