Wilkinson Library: "The Piano," March 3

Telluride Film Festival, San Miguel Resource Center and Wilkinson Public Library Collaborate for March Cinematheque 

THE-PIANOThe Telluride Film Festival, the San Miguel Resource Center and Wilkinson Public Library are pleased to present March’s edition Cinematheque, a collaboration that brings Festival-quality films year-round to the community of Telluride. The current series, entitled They Came to Telluride:Women Behind the Lens, explores influential women filmmakers from an international stage, all of whom have attended the Telluride Film Festival with their works.

March’s screening, the last in the series, will also be a celebration of the Resource Center’s Phenomenal Women’s Week and will focus on female empowerment. As always, admission to the film and pre-SHOW reception is free and patrons get to enjoy food, drink and lively discussion. The evening will be hosted by producer, director, film professor and local cinephile, David Oyster as well as special guests from the Resource Center.

The SHOW on March 3 features THE PIANO (Jane Campion, France/Australia, 1993, 121 min., Rated R), winner of three Oscars including Best Actress (Holly Hunter), Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin) and Best Screenplay (Jane Campion). Set in the mid-19th century on the west coast of New Zealand, a mute pianist and her daughter find themselves in an unfamiliar new world as music opens the doors to love, sensuality, and ultimately to expression.

“[An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion,”Washington Post

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand and began making films in the early 1980’s after graduating from Sydney College of Arts where she majored in painting. PEEL (1982), her first short film, went on to win an award at Cannes in 1986.  THE PIANO took the prestigious Palm d’Or award in 1993, making her the first woman to ever win this title. Of the making of THE PIANO, she said this:

“I had this spooky psychological thing about ‘The Piano’ before it began, which was how everybody was going to go nuts on the set. Because a film tends to set up the way people are going to behave. But then I said to myself, ‘O.K., it doesn’t actually matter what people do so long as you go through it, as long as you don’t pull back, as long as you take responsibility.’ In the end, the making of ‘The Piano’ was an enormous pleasure, and it encouraged me to take some risks romantically which paid off very well,” The New York Times

6 p.m. at the Wilkinson Public Library (5:30pm for pre-SHOW reception) 

FREE TO ALL

For a preview, watch this trailer:

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