Melbourne Cinémathèque Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Piano

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Campion won the Palme d’Or for this complex, romantic and unpredictable love story, making her the only Oceanian as well as the only female director to ever do so. Set in the mid-19th century, the film portrays New Zealand as a mysterious, surreal and highly sensual edge of the world as a mute, determined immigrant attempts to transport her revered piano across a boldly unfamiliar terrain. The result represents a peak for its director, composer Michael Nyman and antipodean cinema as well as its central cast featuring Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Kerry Walker and Oscar-winner, Anna Paquin.

35mm print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.