Like the diabolical spawn of Franz Kafka and Michael Haneke, the Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos sets unfortunate humans loose in mazes of arbitrary, absurd authority and films them with an indifference that borders on cruelty.
EXCLUSIVE: Director Kasra Farahani’s upcoming thriller The Waiting comes off like an inversion of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, or perhaps what might happen if that earlier film were crossed with Gran Torino. Starring James Caan, Logan...Show More Summary
A year and a half ago, director Michael Haneke was one actor away from rolling cameras on his long-gestating project, Flashmob. And then the whole thing fell apart and the master behind films like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, Cache, and the Oscar-winning Amour found himself without a new film. Show More Summary
Michael Haneke is a clinician of human cruelties. The anti-sentimetalist director chillingly highlighted tensions between the the French bourgeoisie and the country’s North African immigrant population — with the oft-denied 1961 Seine River Massacre looming beneath its characters’ interactions — in Caché. …Read More
Oscar- and Palme d’Or-winning Austrian director Michael Haneke is preparing to shoot his latest film, Happy End, in France’s Calais region next spring. The area, which serves as a ferry port for transport to the UK, has made headlines this year as the refugee crisis has escalated. Show More Summary
Director Michael Haneke's next film, Happy Ending, will star Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant and deal with themes of migration. Both are favorites of the director (they appeared in his last film, Amour, which won Haneke his second Palme d'Or and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.) Agence France-Presse reports that... More »
The director Michael Haneke plans to shoot his next film in the area of Calais, the site of a refugee camp known as "the jungle."
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke likes to put audiences through the wringer. His most notorious film, Funny Games—which he’s made twice, almost identically, in German and English—blames you, the viewer, for continuing to watch as aShow More Summary
Some 3,000 European film professionals have signed a pro-asylum petition, including Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and Oscar-winning directors Michael Haneke and Susanne Bier. read more
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: The forthcoming release of Ethan Hawke’s Seymour: An Introduction—and the recent release of the excellent Approaching The Elephant—has us thinking back on other movies about teaching. Show More Summary
Palme Thursday is A.A. Dowd’s monthly examination of a winner of the Palme D’Or, determining how well the film has held up and whether it deserved the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. Amour (2012) When it was announced,...Show More Summary
It's All So Quiet Dir. Nanouk Leopold [Big World Pictures; 2014] by Lorian Long Rating: When Michael Haneke’s Amour came out, I saw it alone in a tiny theater full of white-haired couples who mostly slept through the story of a man watching his wife’s aged body deteriorate post-stroke. Show More Summary
Director Michael Haneke is interviewed in the current issue of Paris Review. This is what he said when asked whether drawing on your own experience and background is good or necessary: "I’ve never seen good results from people trying to...
Set in a lawless town in the Austrian mountains, the English-language "Autumn Blood" seems at first like something along the lines of "The Sound of Music" as re-imagined by Michael Haneke. But whereas Haneke's films grapple with the blunt force of violence, novice filmmaker Markus Blunder...
So I’ve got a little something in the latest issue of Drunken Boat. If you’ll indulge me in some meta commentary, the origin of this essay is a little interesting (at least to me). I’m a fan of Michael Haneke’s films, and eventually I got to his film The Seventh Continent. Show More Summary
1997/2007Dir. Michael HanekeA middle class family are taken hostage in their holiday home by two young men who force them to play sadistic games for their own amusement. Throughout Funny Games, director Michael Haneke strives to reawaken and stimulate audiences who have become accustomed to stylised cinematic violence and graphic imagery. Show More Summary
It was just a few weeks ago that we talked about the fact that Michael Haneke is putting together a new film. Called Flashmob, the movie is one he conceptualized a few years ago, before setting it aside to make Amour. The concept has...Show More Summary
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: In anticipation of the dystopian Aussie crime drama The Rover, check out these other post-apocalyptic visions. Time Of The Wolf...Show More Summary
If Michael Haneke hadn’t taken it already, a similarly ironic name that director Alex van Warmerdam could have used for his cleverly haunting new film Borgman could very well have been “Funny Games.” Appropriately enough, van Warmerdam’s...Show More Summary
After taking home the Palme d'Or and landing an Oscar nomination for his film Amour, director Michael Haneke is heading into some seemingly strange territory for his next project. The film is called Flashmob, and even anyone with fleeting...Show More Summary