La Pianiste / The Piano Teacher (2001)

Character: Walter Klemmer’s girlfriend (uncredited)
Director: Michael Haneke
Co-Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, Annie Girardot
Written by: Michael Haneke, Elfriede Jelinek
Based on: La Pianiste, 1983 novel by Elfriede Jelinek
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Rated R

Erika Kohut teaches piano at the Conservatory in Vienna. In her early forties, she lives at home, cooped up with her mother, whose influence Erika escapes only on her regular visits to porn cinemas and peepshows. Her sexuality is an affair of morbid voyeurism and masochistic self-mutilation. Erika and life travel separate paths. Until one day, one of her students gets it into his head to seduce her…

Eva Green’s Role
Eva played Walter Klemmer’s (Benoît Magimel) girlfriend.
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Eva Green

On being cast in La Pianiste
“The truth is, I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Vienna where they were shooting “The Pianist”. And when Haneke found out I wanted to become an actor, he suggested I play Benoît Magimel’s girlfriend because all I would have to do is walk up the stairs with him… Ha ha! It turned out to be a total catastrophe because they had to redo the take several times because I was so nervous,.. Haneke said that I wasn’t walking up the stairs naturally…. And then I thought, ‘Oh no….if I’m not even able to go up the stairs on camera…I’m in trouble…'”

Production Trivia & Facts

La Pianiste marks Eva big screen debut.

Eva did not have any lines and only appeared for a few seconds on screen.

Christian Berger, the film’s Cinematographer and longtime collaborator of director Michael Haneke, is Eva’s uncle. Christian is married to Eva’s aunt Marika Green, sister of Eva’s father Walter.

Eva was visiting her uncle and aunt in Vienna when Haneke offered her to do an uncredited role.

Has a run time of 2 hours and 11 minutes.

Is an Austrian-French-German co-production.

The character of the mother is based on author Elfriede Jelinek’s real life mother.

Isabelle Huppert really played the piano in the film. She had studied piano for 12 years. As preparation for her role as a piano teacher, she resumed practicing a year before the film was started.