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In the entire 95-year history of the Academy Awards, only seven women have been nominated for Best Director. Women Directing is a series showcasing most of these trailblazing filmmakers and the films they were nominated for. 

With this sublimely stirring fable of desire and creativity, Jane Campion became the first woman to win a Palme d’Or at Cannes. Holly Hunter is achingly eloquent through silence in her Academy Award–winning performance as Ada, an electively mute Scottish woman who expresses her innermost feelings through her beloved piano. When an arranged marriage brings Ada and her spirited daughter (Anna Paquin, in her Oscar-winning debut) to the wilderness of nineteenth-century New Zealand, she finds herself locked in a battle of wills with both her controlling husband (Sam Neill) and a rugged frontiersman (Harvey Keitel) to whom she develops a forbidden attraction. With its sensuously moody cinematography, dramatic coastal landscapes, and sweeping score, this uniquely timeless evocation of a woman’s awakening is an intoxicating sensory experience that burns with the twin fires of music and erotic passion.

Cast: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin
Director: Jane Campion
Written by: Jane Campion
Rated: R
Duration: 121 min
Released: 1993
Genre: Drama/Romance
Country: New Zealand
The Piano