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
This year’s Cannes Film Festival may have come and gone without a new film from Austrian director Michael Haneke (who won the 2012 Palme d’Or with Amour), but it looks like the filmmaker could hit the 2015 festival with his next film. Show More Summary
When the Austrian director Michael Haneke picked up his Oscar for “Amour” last year, he was all smiles. The acclaim for “Amour” offered classical music lovers something to smile about as well, since Haneke’s sensitive use of Schubert is essential in making the disturbing story about aging...
Michael Haneke has earned world-renown for his edgy and controversial subject matter, pushing the envelope with his biting social commentaries in films like Benny's Video, Funny Games, and Cache. While his methods may be questionable, he certainly achieves the desired effect. What is your favorite Michael Haneke film?
Michael Haneke shocks audiences once more with another thought-provoking piece on youth, violence, and the media. But is Benny's Video a contradiction unto itself? Is it right to fight violence in the media by using the same sensationalistic tactics in your own social commentary? Sound off!
Murat and I finally got around to watching Michael Haneke's film Amour last night, the gorgeous Academy Award winning film about an elderly French couple living a perfectly charmed life until the wife has a stroke and everything beautiful about their world becomes more complex, at times horrendous and extremely painful. Show More Summary
I first became aware of the work of Austrian film director Michael Haneke a few years back when I followed a tip from a friend and rented the well-reviewed The White Ribbon.