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The Pianist

Directed by Roman Polanski
Germany, Poland, 2002
Biography, Drama, War
  • English
  • English


As World War II begins, a Polish Jewish pianist is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. Separated from his family, he narrowly escapes the concentration camps. After being discovered in hiding, a German officer provides him food in exchange for his musical gifts.

Our take

Oppression, claustrophobia and the perverse absurdity of the human condition have been among the themes of Roman Polanski’s films. The director reaches his apex with this multiple Academy Award winning drama of survival—a deeply personal culmination, as Polanski himself was a Warsaw ghetto survivor.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2002 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2003 | 3 wins including: Best Director

2003 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

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