THE PIANO
1993, Park Circus/Miramax, 121 min, Dir: Jane Campion

In 1851, mute Scottish woman Ada McGrath (Best Actress winner Holly Hunter) arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter (Best Supporting Actress Anna Paquin) and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband (Sam Neill) refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave. Edited by Veronika Jenet.


A MIGHTY WIND
2003, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Guest

This uniquely touching mockumentary reunites the team from BEST IN SHOW and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN to tell the story of three folk groups from the '60s who, inspired by the death of their former manager, reunite for a memorial concert in New York City’s Town Hall. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are Mitch and Mickey, once the sweethearts of folk music until their bitter separation; Spinal Tap alumni Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are classic folk trio The Folksmen; and Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins and Jane Lynch anchor a color-coordinated, harmonizing “neuftet” - The New Main Street Singers.


F.T.A.
1972, 96 min, USA, Dir: Francine Parker

Produced by Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, F.T.A. is a witty and moving film that chronicles opposition to the Vietnam War. Fonda and Sutherland, along with Holly Near, Michael Alaimo, Rita Martinson and Len Chandler, entertained American troops with a satirical revue called (in the polite version) “Free the Army.” The original theatrical release was curtailed under somewhat mysterious circumstances so the film was never widely seen and reemerges now as an essential piece of cinema and social history.


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