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The Piano

Jane Campion’s powerful, multi-Oscar-winning drama about a mute woman whose passions are unleashed.

There will be a talk event in the Library - The Piano at 25 - after the screening of The Piano on Monday 18 June 18:10. Free to ticket holders of The Piano on this date (but must be booked via the box office due to limited capacity), otherwise £6.50.

Image from The Piano

Australia-New Zealand-France 1993
Dir Jane Campion
With Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin
Certificate 15

The mid-19th century. Strong-willed Ada (Hunter) – inexplicably mute since she was six – is dispatched to an arranged marriage in New Zealand, with daughter Flora (Paquin) in tow. Since Ada’s husband (Neill) won’t transport her beloved piano home, she reluctantly accepts help from a neighbouring settler (Keitel)... A study in sexuality and self-determination that filters a Brontë-esque tale through Campion’s profoundly personal, utterly modern feminist sensibility, this tempestuous yet tender romance boasts striking camerawork by Stuart Dryburgh, a memorably rhapsodic score by Michael Nyman, and robust performances. Hunter, especially – rigorously unsentimental, watchful, highly expressive – works wonders.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

The screening on on Sun 17 Jun 15:20 NFT2 and Sun 24 Jun 17:30 Studio will have D/deaf or hard of hearing subtitles.

The screening on Fri 22 Jun 18:10 Studio is now cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment.

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