Michael Haneke

  • Michael Haneke – Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte AKA The White Ribbon (2009)

    2001-2010DramaGermanyMichael HanekeMystery

    Ever wonder about the ancestors of the murderous jocks in Funny Games? In the Palme d’Or-winning The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke time travels to rural Germany on the cusp of WWI to find the answer—or, rather, to make the audience’s collective skin crawl at the question. The setting is the small village of Eichwald, a bucolic commune that, presided over by such stern patriarchs as the landowning baron (Ulrich Tukur) and the pastor (Burghart Klaussner), is presented as a 19th-century holdover inexorably giving way to the darkening modernity of new times. Not that Haneke displays much nostalgia for the town’s traditions: Life here is dismal, oppressive, and rigidly hierarchical, erected on puritanical morals and reinforced with ritualized punishment. Hitler—the “bitter flower of German irrationalism,” as Hans-Jürgen Syberberg once put it—may still lurk beyond the horizon, but the seeds of fascism have already been sown in society’s unquestioning adherence to power structures.Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls AKA 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

    1991-2000ArthouseAustriaDramaMichael Haneke

    The simultaneously random and interconnected nature of modern existence comes into harrowing focus in the despairing final installment of Michael Haneke’s trilogy. Seventy-one intricate, puzzlelike scenes survey the routines of a handful of seemingly unrelated people—including an undocumented Romanian boy living on the streets of Vienna, a couple who are desperate to adopt a child, and a college student on the edge—whose stories collide in a devastating encounter at a bank. The omnipresent drone of television news broadcasts in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance underscores Haneke’s vision of a numb, dehumanizing world in which emotional estrangement can be punctured only by the shock of sudden violence.Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – Der siebente Kontinent AKA The Seventh Continent (1989)

    1981-1990ArthouseAustriaDramaMichael Haneke

    The day-to-day routines of a seemingly ordinary Austrian family begin to take on a sinister complexion in Michael Haneke’s chilling portrait of bourgeois anomie giving way to shocking self-destruction. Inspired by a true story, the director’s first theatrical feature finds him fully in command of his style, observing with clinical detachment the spiritual emptiness of consumer culture—and the horror that lurks beneath its placid surfaces. The Seventh Continent builds to an annihilating encounter with the televisual void that powerfully synthesizes Haneke’s ideas about the link between violence and our culture of manufactured emotion.Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – Michael Haneke interview (2002)

    Michael Haneke2001-2010AustriaDocumentary

    here is a rip of the extra on the kino dvd. a 20 minute interview with haneke with serge toubianaRead More »

  • Michael Haneke – Nachruf für einen Mörder AKA Obituary for a Murderer (1991)

    1991-2000AustriaDocumentaryMichael HanekeTV

    Autumn 1990, a young Austrian goes to a party held by some of his friends and provokes a hideous bloodbath. As a reflection of daily reality and its crass representation of the horror of this extreme crime, Michael Haneke has composed an experimental collage of material gathered from one day of ORF (Austrian TV) broadcasting, using each part in proportion to the time allocated to it in the programme schedule.

    Source: Archival Beta Tape (Austrian Broadcast Corporation)Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – Drei Wege zum See AKA Three Paths to the Lake (1976)

    Drama1971-1980ArthouseAustriaMichael Haneke

    This is Michael Haneke’s first feature film, made for Österreichischer Rundfunk and Südwestfunk and broadcast in 1976. Like many of his later films for television and for the screen, it is an adaptation of a literary work; but viewers will probably notice moments in it that strangely anticipate later films — from The Seventh Continent and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, to Code Inconnu and Caché. The film, which is 97 minutes long, is based on a novella by the Austrian author Ingeborg Bachmann, published in 1972, a year before her death following a fire in her Rome apartment.Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – La pianiste AKA The Piano Teacher (2001) (HD)

    2001-2010ArthouseAustriaDramaMichael Haneke

    Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother in a hermetically sealed world of love-hate and dependency, where there is no room for men. Her sex life consists of voyeurism and masochistic self-injury. Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. Ata a recital, she befriends Walter, a handsome young man, whom she seduces and with whom she begins an illicit affair. As Erika slowly drifts closer to the brink of emotional disorder, she uses the love-stricken Walter to explore her darkest sado-masochistic fantasies, which eventually lead to her undoing.Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – Der siebente Kontinent AKA The Seventh Continent (1989) (HD)

    1971-1980ArthouseAustriaDramaMichael Haneke

    Three members of a middle-class family are followed as their lifestyle slowly disintegrates. Nothing spectacular happens: it’s just the dreary un-ending grind of a go-nowhere existence. The film’s final scene emulates Fassbinder, as the threesome bid auf wiedersehn to everyone and everything in a gaudy, grotesque manner. It goes without saying that Der 7. Kontinent is not for everyone’s taste.Read More »

  • Michael Haneke – Così fan tutte (2013)

    2011-2020AustriaMichael HanekePerformance

    Who loves whom in Così fan tutte, Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s cruelly comic reflection on desire, fidelity and betrayal? Or have the confusions to which the main characters subject one another ensured that in spite of the heartfelt love duets and superficially fleetfooted comedy nothing will work any longer and that a sense of emotional erosion has replaced true feelings? Così fan tutte is a timeless work full of questions that affect us all. The Academy Award-winning director Michael Haneke once said that he was merely being precise and did not want to distort reality. Read More »

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