The Piano Teacher: Directed by Michael Haneke. With Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar. A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. The Piano Teacher. In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award–winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music. Apr 26, 2002 · A bold and mysterious woman teaches a young student about her secret wound and her sexual fantasies in this erotic thriller based on Elfriede Jelinek's novel. Ebert praises Huppert's performance and Haneke's direction, and criticizes the ending for its ominous message. Currently you are able to watch "The Piano Teacher" streaming on Max, Criterion Channel. It is also possible to buy "The Piano Teacher" on Amazon Video, Apple TV, Google Play Movies, YouTube as download or rent it on Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Apple TV online. The film is based on the 1983 novel The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek, who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature. Director Michael Haneke read The Piano Teacher when it was published and aspired to adapt it to transition from making television films to cinema. Summaries. A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative.