STUDIOCANAL and the Independent Cinema Office are delighted to announce that the winner of the Palme D’Or at the Cannes film festival and multi-Oscar winner, ‘The Piano’ will make a triumphant return to our cinema screens to celebrate 25 years of this Jane Campion true classic.
This anniversary edition has been lovingly restored, and approved by Campion herself, and will be available to own on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download on June 16th, with the collectors edition including a booklet and a copy of the soundtrack.
The Curzon Mayfair will host a special screening and Q and A session on May 18th. Speakers will include: Melissa Silverstein (‘Women and Hollywood’), Mia Bays (producer of Oscar-winning and BAFTA-nominated films) and Kate Muir (Novelist and film critic).
Starring Holly Hunter (‘The Big Stick’ and ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?’), Harvey Keitel (‘Mean Streets’) and Sam Neill (‘Dead Calm’, ‘Sirens’, and ‘Jurassic Park’) as well as Anna Paquin (‘X-Men’ and ‘True Blood’), ‘The Piano’ is set in New Zealand’s wilderness as Ada McGrath (Hunter), a mute woman, and her daughter Flora (Paquin) arrive from Scotland to start a new life with frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) having been sold to him by her father. Ada, a talented pianist, and Flora take an immediate dislike to Alistair when he refuses to carry Ada’s beloved piano and sells it to his overseer, George Baines (Harvey Keitel). Both Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin received Oscars for their roles in this masterpiece, written, directed and produced by Jane Campion.
This is a tale of women on the edge of societal norms and remains one of Campion’s most definitive works in a long list of distinguished projects.
‘The Piano’ is long-overdue a second stint at the cinema and will include an extended run at the BFI Southbank on June 15th. There is also a special event scheduled for June 18th looking at the films enduring legacy, and is being timed to coincide with the Representation of the People Act, with a focus on championing work by and about women.
‘The Piano’ is a must see movie. It will move you, challenge you, and ultimately enrich you.