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The Piano
Directed by Jane Campion
Produced by Jan Chapman
Written by Jane Campion
Narrated by Holly Hunter
Starring Holly Hunter
Harvey Keitel
Anna Paquin
Sam Neill
Music by Michael Nyman
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Editing by Veronika Jenet
Studio Australian Film Commission
Distributed by Ciby 2000
Release date(s) 15 May 1993 (1993-05-15) (Cannes)
19 May 1993 (1993-05-19) (France)
5 August 1993 (1993-08-05) (Australia)
Running time 116 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English
British Sign Language
Budget $7 million[source?]
Money made $40,157,856

The Piano is an award-winning 1993 drama feature that stars Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel. This drama is about a mute pianist and her daughter in 19th century New Zealand. The score for the piano by Michael Nyman became a bestselling soundtrack album.

The Piano was a commercial and critical success, grossing more than $40 million, against its $7 million budget. At the 66th Academy Awards, The Piano won three awards: Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay. Paquin, who at the time was 11 years old, is the second youngest Oscar winner ever. The film won the Palme d'Or and a Best Performance Prize for Holly Hunter at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


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