SURREAL REELS: THE PIANO TEACHER (18)

Date Time
Sat 25th June 4.30pm

Dir: Michael Haneke | Austria / France / Germany | 2001 | 96 mins | French w/English Subtitles
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, BenoƮt Magimel

Isabelle Huppert (8 Women) gives perhaps her finest performance to date in Michael Haneke’s (Hidden, Amour, The White Ribbon) austerely brilliant psychosexual thriller, which won a slew of awards on its 2001 release. She plays Erika, professor at a prestigious music conservatory who, though in her forties, still lives with her mother. While she has a cool, professional facade, her repression manifests itself in a passion for voyeurism and sadomasochism; and when she meets young student Walter, a mutual obsession develops. Exploring ideas of intimacy, fear and control, The Piano Teacher is one of Haneke’s most fascinating and seminal works.

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