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The Piano

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Original title
The Piano
Running time
121 min.
New Zealand New Zealand
Jane Campion
Michael Nyman
Stuart Dryburgh
Co-production New Zealand-France; Ciby 2000, Jan Chapman Productions
Drama. Romance | Romantic Drama. 19th Century. Music. Disability
Synopsis / Plot
Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman (Hunter) arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter (Paquin) and beloved piano in tow. When her practical new husband (Neill) refuses to transport the piano to their home, the woman reluctantly agrees to a sexual relationship with a neighbor (Keitel) as a means of gaining access to the instrument.
1993: 3 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Hunter), Supp. Actress (Paquin) & Original Screenplay. 8 Nominations
1993: Golden Globe: Best Actress Drama (Holly Hunter). 6 Nominations
1993: 3 BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Hunter), Prod. Design and Costume. 10 Nominations
1993: 2 Awards in el Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm), Best Actress (Hunter)
1993: César: Best Foreign Language Picture
1993: National Board of Review: Best Actress (Holly Hunter)
1993: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director, Actress (Hunter) & Screenplay
1993: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: 5 Awards incl. Best Director, Actress & Supp. actress
1993: Independent Spirit: Best Foreign Film
1993: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign Film
1993: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Awards incl. Best Foreign Language Film. 7 Nom.
1993: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1993: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1993: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
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