STUDIOCANAL and Independent Cinema Office have announced that Jane Campion’s multi Oscar® winning classic, THE PIANO, will return to cinemas in a newly restored DCP (approved by Campion) on 15 June, 2018, to mark the 25th anniversary of its original theatrical release and ground-breaking Palme D’Or win at Cannes.
The cinema re-release will be followed by a new Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and Collector’s Edition release on 16 July, 2018.
Written, directed and produced by Jane Campion, and featuring a haunting score by Michael Nyman, the film stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Anna Paquin.
Hunter gives a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness. She is to marry frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Neill), having been sold him by her father, but takes an immediate dislike to him after he refuses to carry her beloved piano home with them, instead selling it to his overseer George Baines (Keitel). Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for lessons that gradually become a series of erotically charged sexual encounters. As the story unfolds like a Greek tragedy, complete with a chorus of Maori tribes, all of the characters’ long suppressed emotions come to the fore, as if elicited by the wildness of the natural world around them.
THE PIANO will screen on extended run at BFI Southbank from June 15th, while a special event looking at the film’s enduring legacy will take place on June 18th.
The film is a key release in BFI Southbank’s June programme which, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, is being dedicated to championing work by and about women.