The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
A haunting tale of morbid voyeurism and masochism, « The Piano Teacher » is one of the greatest contemporary European novels. Erika Kohut teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory by day. But by night she trawls the porn shows of Vienna while her mother, whom she loves and hates in equal measure, waits up for her. Into this emotional pressure-cooker bounds music student and ladies’ man, Walter Klemmer. With Walter as her student, Erika spirals out of control, consumed by the ecstacy of self-destruction. First published in 1983, « The Piano Teacher » is the masterpiece of Elfriede Jelinek, Austria’s most famous writer. Directed by Michael Haneke, the film won three major prizes at the Cannes 2000 Festival including best actor for Benoit Magimel and best actress for Isabelle Huppert.