The Piano

1993 film directed by Jane Campion

The Piano is an award-winning 1993 romantic drama movie which stars Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel. This drama is about a mute pianist and her daughter in 19th century New Zealand. The score for the piano by Michael Nyman became a bestselling soundtrack album.

The Piano
Directed byJane Campion
Written byJane Campion
Produced byJan Chapman
StarringHolly Hunter
Harvey Keitel
Anna Paquin
Sam Neill
Narrated byHolly Hunter
CinematographyStuart Dryburgh
Edited byVeronika Jenet
Music byMichael Nyman
Australian Film Commission
Distributed byCiby 2000
Release dates
  • 15 May 1993 (1993-05-15) (Cannes)
  • 19 May 1993 (1993-05-19) (France)
  • 5 August 1993 (1993-08-05) (Australia)
Running time
116 minutes
CountriesNew Zealand
British Sign Language
Budget$7 million[source?]
Box office$40,157,856

The Piano was a commercial and critical success, grossing more than $40 million, against its $7 million budget. At the 66th Academy Awards, The Piano won three awards: Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay. Paquin, who at the time was 11 years old, is the second youngest Oscar winner ever. The film won the Palme d'Or and a Best Performance Prize for Holly Hunter at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Piano". Archived from the original on 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2009-08-22.

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