Hanway Films




HanWay Collection


Bernardo Bertolucci

Thandie Newton
David Thewlis 

"Delirious travelling shots, jumpcuts and an innovative soundtrack“ Time Out.

From acclaimed director Bernardo Bertolucci (THE LAST EMPEROR, LAST TANGO IN PARIS) "in top form" (Los Angeles Times) comes a tense, sensual film about a reclusive British pianist's infatuation with his African exile housemaid. Shandurai (Thandie Newton) has fled her wartorn homeland for Rome, where she pays her way through medical school by working as a housekeeper for Mr. Kinsky (David Thewlis). Shy and timid, he tries to woo her with music, but her reaction is provocative and unexpected.

NOMINEE: 10 Awards including Best Director and Best Picture at the David di Donatello Awards

Italy, UK | English | 1998 | 93 min