This haunting love triangle between a non-verbal pianist, her arranged husband and a reclusive sailor only scratches the surface of the film that made Campion a household name – and won her a Palme d’Or and an Oscar.
Campion’s previous films put her on the map; The Piano
launched her into the stratosphere. In her Oscar-winning role, Holly Hunter is unforgettable as Ada, a non-verbal pianist who arrives on the shores of 1850s New Zealand with her young daughter (Oscar winner Anna Paquin) and the beloved piano in tow, for an arranged marriage to a man (Sam Neill) she’s never met. When Ada’s new husband trades her piano to their neighbour (Harvey Keitel), she agrees to a deal to buy it back, key by key. A blend of sweeping period melodrama and overt feminist allegory that made Campion the first ever woman Palme d’Or recipient, also winning three Oscars and becoming a box office juggernaut, this masterwork recently ranked in the top 50 of Sight and Sound’s
critics’ poll of the greatest films of all time. 4K restoration screening.