The Piano Teacher

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In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award–winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music. read more
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In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award–winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a piano professor at a Viennese conservatory who lives with her mother in a claustrophobically codepen­dent relation­ship. Severely repressed, she satisfies her mas­ochistic urges only voyeuristically until she meets Walter (Benoît Magimel), a student whose desire for Erika leads to a destructive infatuation that upsets the careful equilibrium of her life. A critical breakthrough for Haneke, The Piano Teacher—which won the Grand Prix as well as dual acting awards for its stars at Cannes—is a formalist masterwork that remains a shocking sensation.

Original Release

08/31/2001

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Cast

Isabelle Huppert Erika Kohut
Annie Girardot The Mother
Benoit Magimel Walter Klemmer
Susanne Lothar Mrs. Schober
Udo Samel Dr. George Blonskij
Anna Sigalevitch Anna Schober
Cornelia Köndgen Mme Gerda Blonskij
Thomas Weinhappel Baritone
Georg Friedrich Man in drive-in
Philipp Heiss Naprawnik
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Directors

Michael Haneke

Writers

Elfriede Jelinek, Michael Haneke

Cast

Producers

Yvon Crenn Executive Producer
Christine Gozlan Executive Producer
Michael Katz Executive Producer
Veit Heiduschka Producer

Editors

Nadine Muse, Monika Willi

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