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The Piano Teacher (2001)

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Coming Out at 31 August 2001 in theaters

“La pianiste”

Drama

The Piano Teacher is erotic drama film, written and directed by Michael Haneke, that is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Elfriede Jelinek. It tells the story of an unmarried piano teacher at a Vienna conservatory, living with her mother in a state of emotional and sexual disequilibrium, who enters into a sadomasochistic relationship with her student. A co-production of Austria and France, Haneke was given the opportunity to direct after previous attempts to adapt the novel by filmmakers Valie Export and Paulus Manker collapsed for financial reasons.

At the 2001 Cannes Film Festival it won the Grand Prix, with the two leads, Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Magimel, winning Best Actress and Best Actor. It went on to receive positive reviews and other awards and nominations.

Erika Kohut is a middle-aged piano professor at a Vienna music conservatory who resides in an apartment with her domineering elderly mother. Her late father had been a long-standing resident in a psychiatric asylum. Despite Erika’s aloof and assured façade, she is a woman whose sexual repression and loneliness is manifested in her paraphilia, including voyeurism, sadomasochistic fetishes and self-mutilation.

Director: Michael Haneke

Writers: Michael Haneke, Elfriede Jelinek (novel)

Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel, Anna Sigalevitch, Cornelia Köndgen

Cast:

Isabelle HuppertErika Kohut
Annie GirardotThe Mother
Benoît MagimelWalter Klemmer
Susanne LotharMrs. Schober
Udo SamelDr. George Blonskij
Anna SigalevitchAnna Schober
Cornelia KöndgenMme Gerda Blonskij
Thomas WeinhappelBaritone
Georg FriedrichMan in drive-in
Philipp HeissNaprawnik
William MangTeacher
Rudolf MelicharDirector
Michael SchottenbergTeacher
Gabriele SchuchterMargot
Dieter BernerSinging teacher
Volker WaldeggTeacher
Martina ResetaritsTeacher
Annemarie SchleinzerTeacher
Karoline ZeislerTeacher
Liliana NelskaSecretary
Luz LeskowitzViolinist
Viktor TeuflmayrPianist
Viviane BartschWoman in drive-in
Florian KobanPupil
Thomas AunerHaydn pianist
Andreas DonatChopin Pianist
Gerti Drassl
Klaus Händl
Erika Kollmann-Till
Nina Kripas
Esther Pils
Petra Reichel
Arbesi Sufi
Marcus Zeuner
Hans-Christian HaasMan Listening to Concert
Noam MorgenszternThe first pupil (voice)
Lisa OlahSex shop girl
Vitus WieserKlemmer’s Friend

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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