Despite winning an Oscar at a young age, Anna Paquin admitted on Late Show with David Letterman (1993), in 2009, that she had only recently watched the film for the first time at the time of the interview. She was not allowed to watch the film at the time of its release, because of its sexual content, being eleven-years-old at the time.
Film debut of Anna Paquin. At the age of nine, she beat out five thousand other girls who sent in audition videotapes for the role of Flora. (NOTE: Castle in the Sky (1986) is Anna Paquin's earliest listed role on IMDB. However, this was an English dub of a Japanese animation film by Hayao Miyazaki. Although the movie itself was first released in Japan in 1986, Paquin did not do the English voice-over for it until 1998. This movie was her first film role ever.)
The play performed in the movie is an adaptation of "Bluebeard", which is a French fairy tale recorded by Charles Perrault about a man who marries, kills his wives after they fail a test, stashes their bodies in a small chamber, then marries again. In the original story, the main character (Bluebeard's current wife) escapes her psychopathic husband and finds happiness elsewhere.
The two similarly titled films, this movie and The Pianist (2002), won the same number of Academy Awards, that being three. All of the Oscar winners for this movie were women, and all of the Oscar winners for The Pianist (2002) were men.
On-screen mother and daughter Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin appeared in superhero films. Hunter played Senator June Finch in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Paquin playing Marie (Rogue) in the X-Men film franchise.
One of three theatrical feature film collaborations [to date, June 2018] of actor Harvey Keitel and director Jane Campion. The films are: 'The Piano' (1993), 'Holy Smoke' (1999), and 'In the Cut' (2003) (with Keitel acting in the first two).