The Piano

Film4 Summer Screen

Tue 20 Aug 2019
Doors 19.00
From £20.75 (inc £2.75 booking fees)

DJ from 19.00 Film starts approximately 21.00.

For telephone bookings call 0333 320 2836.

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Pianist Shida Shahabi will dazzle with contemporary classical music played live, before we screen the great Jane Campion’s sensual and visually striking period drama centred on a fearlessly independent 19th century woman.

Certificate 15
Duration 121 mins 
Film starts approximately 21.00

Ada (Holly Hunter), a mute Scottish widow, arrives on the shores of New Zealand with her nine year-old daughter (Anna Paquin) and treasured piano to enter into an arranged marriage with a plainsman (Sam Neill).

The inhospitable land, loveless relationship and unexpected attentions of a local man (Harvey Keitel) unleash a turbulent passion within Ada that cannot be quelled. Campion’s film has the feel of a dark folk tale, illuminated by rapturous, unforgettable images and Michael Nyman’s swirling, spellbinding score.

Oscar winners Hunter and Paquin are twin forces of nature as mother and daughter, their Academy Awards adding to a pile of prizes the film accumulated, including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, with Campion becoming only the second woman to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar.

From its opening shot to the last frame, The Piano is a masterpiece of cinema that demands to be experienced on a big screen.

Before the film, Swedish-Iranian pianist Shida Shahabi will set the mood with a contemporary classical performance live on piano.

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Still from The Piano. Image courtesy of Park Circus Studio Canal.
The Piano. Image courtesy of Park Circus Studio Canal.

"Hunter’s performance is outstanding. So is the film."

The Guardian

"Achingly beautiful"

Little White Lies