On Friday, February 17, HIFF kicks off the 25 Years: 25 Films series at Guild Hall with HIFF 1993 selection THE PIANO. The film took home three Oscars®—for Best Actress (Holly Hunter), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin) and Best Original Screenplay (Jane Campion).
Friday, February 17
6:00pm (doors at 5:30)
Hamptons International Film Festival 25th Anniversary Screening
Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman named Ada (Holly Hunter) arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter (Anna Paquin) and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband (Sam Neill) refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), to take the piano off his hands.
Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave.