With The Piano Teacher, Haneke won Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes 2001, while Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Magimel took home the Best Actress and Best Actor awards respectively. Based on the 1983 novel by Elfriede Jelinek, Huppert plays Erika Kohut, an apparently straight-laced, strict and harsh piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory, who lives with her tyrannical and domineering mother. Behind the ascetic façade however, Erika indulges a fascination for pornography, voyeurism and sadomasochism, and when a promising young student attempts to seduce her, her desires set off an explosive and shocking series of events. Haneke ditches any attempts to explain Erika’s nature, instead he simply carves out her grim reality, making this film intelligent and thought-provoking examination of female repression.
The Piano Teacher
Time23:50 ON AIR
- Director | Michael Haneke
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- Cast | Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, Annie Girardot
- Awards | Grand Jury, Best Actress and Actor Awards, Cannes Film Festival