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The Piano is a 1993 period drama film written and directed by Jane Campion and starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin in her first acting role and based on the novel, The Story of a New Zealand River, by Jane Mander. Set in the mid-19th century, the film focuses on a psychologically mute Scottish woman who travels to a remote part of New Zealand with her young daughter after her arranged marriage to a frontiersman.

Plot

An electively mute Scotswoman named Ada McGrath is sold by her father into marriage to a New Zealand frontiersman named Alisdair Stewart, bringing her young daughter Flora with her. Ada has not spoken a word since she was six and no one, including herself, knows why. She expresses herself through her piano playing and through sign language, for which her daughter, in parent-child role reversal, has served as her interpreter. Flora, it is later learned, is the product of a relationship with a teacher whom Ada believed she had seduced through mental telepathy, but who "became frightened and stopped listening", and thus left her.

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    award AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role AACTA Award for Best Cinematography AACTA Award for Best Costume Design AACTA Award for Best Direction AACTA Award for Best Editing AACTA Award for Best Film AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay AACTA Award for Best Production Design AACTA Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress César Award for Best Foreign Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director National Board of Review Award for Best Actress National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director Palme d'Or Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
    contentLocation New Zealand
    director Jane Campion
    editor Veronika Jenet
    genre drama historical romance
    keywords adopt belong epilogue how to listen māori māori people mental telepathy new home new life on the beach piano lessons read retire role reversal scots people scotswoman serve severed finger speech lessons spoken word ta moko tattoo tattooing his face under water wretched young daughter
    musicBy Michael Nyman
    nomination AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role AACTA Award for Best Cinematography AACTA Award for Best Costume Design AACTA Award for Best Direction AACTA Award for Best Editing AACTA Award for Best Film AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay AACTA Award for Best Production Design AACTA Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role BAFTA Award for Best Direction BAFTA Award for Best Editing BAFTA Award for Best Film BAFTA Award for Best Film Music BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Sound César Award for Best Foreign Film David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Director Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
    producer Jan Chapman
    productionCompany Ciby 2000 Jan Chapman
    publisher Entertainment Film Distributors Miramax Films
    recordedAt New Zealand
    theme feminist independent romantic drama