Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke

Date of Birth: 23 Mar 1942

Country: Austria

Biography: Michael Haneke (born 23 March 1942) is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. His work often examines social issues and depicts the feelings of estrangement experienced by individuals in modern society. Haneke has made films in French, German, and English and has worked in television and theatre, as well as cinema. He also teaches film direction at the Film Academy Vienna.

Total Credits at Criticker: 3 (Actor), 21 (Director), 21 (Writer)

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    Happy End
    A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop. (imdb)
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    Così fan tutte
    Michael Haneke's production of Mozart's opera.
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    Amour
    Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. (imdb)
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    The White Ribbon
    Strange events happen at a rural school in the north of Germany during the year 1913, which seem to be ritual punishment.
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    Funny Games
    In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. (imdb)
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    Caché
    Georges (Auteuil), a television talk show host, and his wife Anne (Binoche), are living the perfect life of modern comfort and security. One day, their idyll is disrupted in the form of a mysterious videotape that appears on their doorstep. On it they are being filmed by a hidden camera from across the street with no clues as to who shot it, or why... (Sony Pictures Classics)
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    The Time of the Wolf
    An apocalyptic calamity has left the people of Europe struggling to survive amidst drastic shortages of food and water. A couple decides to flee the city to their country house with what meager supplies they can find in hopes of protecting their children. To their surprise and horror they find the house already occupied by another equally desperate family. The ensuing confrontation forever changes their -- setting them adrift in a chaotic, often indifferent world in which their survival hinges on the strained compassion of those they encounter. (Palm Pictures)
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    The Piano Teacher
    Erika (Huppert) is a piano teacher at a prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother (Girardot). Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. (Kino International)
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    Code Unknown
    Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges, who's away covering the war in Kosovo. Angry, he throws a bag of half-eaten pastry into a beggar's lap. Amadou, a young Franco-African, berates him. The police arrive, arrest Amadou and deport the beggar. Georges's girlfriend Anne is upset; it colors her relationship with Georges when he returns from the war. Separate lives intersect for the one moment, around the pastry bag, and all are altered. (imdb)
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    Funny Games
    Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (imdb)
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    Das Schloß
    Das Schloß (1997) - TV Movie
    A land surveyor, K., is invited to the Castle to do some work for the Count,but when he arrives at the Village,he finds that nobody is expecting him. K.'s attempts to get into the Castle are as unsuccessful as his attempt to settle into the local village... (IMDB Comments)
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    71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
    It begins with a grisly mass killing. It was Christmas eve 1993 and a 19-year old student inexplicably murders several people and then kills himself. The fragmented film flashes back to October 12 and then progresses toward the fateful night. Throughout the film many characters appear and suddenly reappear.
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    Die Rebellion
    The disabled ex-soldier Andreas Pum lost a leg for emperor and father land. After leaving the army he receives a license and a drehorgel. One day he gets into a controversy with a welldressed gentleman, disturbs the public order, and hits a policeman. Andreas Pum goes to jail, loses his license and becomes toilet guard in the Cafe Halali after his release. Only at the moment of death he recognizes that he was always too decent and too obedient. (imdb)
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    Benny\
    A story about a boy called Benny, who watches violent movies, including a home-made video of a pig being slaughtered. Soon after, Benny loses his mind and kills a girl and films the murder with his video camera. (imdb)
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    Nachruf für einen Mörder
    A young Austrian goes to a party held by some of his friends and provokes a hideous bloodbath. (imdb)
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    The Seventh Continent
    Georg and his wife Anna realize how monotonous and isolated their life is when their daughter Eva, in a desperate attempt to get attention, suddenly pretends to be blind (imdb)
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    Fräulein
    Fräulein (1986) - TV Movie
    Described as an answer to Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun, Fraulein tells the story of a German woman and a former French prisoner of war living in 1950s Germany. Instead of playing a role in rebuilding her country, Haneke's heroine remains preoccupied with her personal affairs. Shot predominantly in black and white (with a color sequence added toward the end), Fraulein asserts Haneke's place alongside the masters of the New German Cinema. (worldcinema.com)
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    Wer war Edgar Allan?
    Made for German TV, this adaptation of Rosei's post-modern thriller views the generational conflict between father and son through the lens of the mystery genre. Despite the aesthetic limitations of the small-screen, Haneke's sophisticated mise-en-scène fully exploits the film's stylish Venice locale. (arananfms.blogspot.com)
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    Variation - oder Daß es Utopien gibt, weiß ich selber!
    "Variation"is a film about a secret affair between a teacher and a journalist. The film touches on stability and relationship dynamics that are hard to establish among couples.
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    Lemminge
    Lemminge (1979) - TV Mini-Series
    This two-part drama examines the fate of the generation of Germans which came of age after World War II. (imdb)
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    Drei Wege zum See
    In the story, which can be read as loosely autobiographical, Elisabeth Matrei, a successful photojournalist in her mid-40s, has returned to her hometown of Klagenfurt to visit her father and take a break from her hectic life.... (KG)
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    Trespassing Bergman
    In the mid 1960s Swedish director Ingmar Bergman built a house on the remote island of Fårö. Throughout his life, the exact location of the house was a well-guarded secret. Here Bergman lived and shot some of his seminal films until his death in 2007. In TRESPASSING BERGMAN the audience is taken to the house together with directors such as Alejandro González Iñárritu, Claire Denis, Michael Haneke and others, to tell the story of Bergman, his island and some of his most central films. (ffm-montreal.org)
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