The Piano

  • Dir: Jane Campion

  • New Zealand/Australia/France, 1993, English, 117min, DCP

  • Cast: Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel

A mute Scotswoman travels to New Zealand with her daughter for an arranged marriage, the piano becomes her only means of expression. That intimate pleasure is quickly sabotaged as her unresponsive husband abandons it, only to be taken by a macho local worker. Determined to reclaim her piano, she engages in an ambiguous game of flirtation and exploration. The first and only film by a female director to win the Palme d’Or, The Piano features an all-female creative lineup and a defiantly feminist approach, and it remains a breathtaking climax in filmmaking when female subjectivity takes center stage.

1993 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or and Best Actress
1994 Academy Awards, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)



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