The Piano15

Directed by Jane Campion | New Zealand | 1993 | 2h 1m | Starring Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel

In the mid-19th century, Ada is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner. The early days of their marriage is filled with unease, but Ada soon finds herself drawn to a rugged frontiersman living nearby. Powered by Holly Hunter’s lead performance, this sublimely stirring tale of desire and creativity led to Jane Campion becoming the first woman to win a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Reviews

‘Some 25 years since its initial release, The Piano remains a remarkable and poignant meditation on female power disguised as a love story for the ages.’
★★★★★
Hannah Strong, Little White Lies

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15:30

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1h 42m | Arabic w/ English subtitles
Shadi Abdel Salam's drama about the looting of the tombs of the Pharaohs in Thebes, often regarding as one of the greatest Egyptian films of all time. Event in partnership with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

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18:30

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Bill Nighy delivers a master-class performance as a cheerless veteran of the civil service who receives unexpected life-changing news, based on Akira Kurosawa's 1952 masterpiece, Ikuru.

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