In his work …und was kommt danach? (After Liverpool), James Saunders relentlessly racks up all the signs of the “total lack of contact” that can occur between the closest of people. A series of essential and symbolic scenes illustrates the fundamental relationship between man and woman. Meeting, falling in love, the first arguments, discovering the difficulties of communication (“Why can’t we do the same things with words that we do with our bodies?”); and ultimately the fights and separation, total strangers living together in intimacy. Words destroy feelings, emotion, the substance of a relationship. —http://www.torinofilmfest.org
“This was originally a radio play. The difficulty lay (…) in achieveing a certain degree of realism in the acting and scenography, while giving it a theatrical and stylized dimension through the use of dramatic composition and the movie camera” (M. Haneke).
Cheerfully wishing his audience a “disturbing evening” at a London retrospective of his films, director Michael Haneke insists that he is an optimist at heart, despite all of the relentlessly bleak carnage and deeply disturbing imagery so vividly painted and seared into the mind of anyone who has had the uncomfortable experience of viewing his work.
Practically born into show business, to an actress mother and director father, in Munich in March 1942, Haneke spent his early years in a working class suburb of Vienna before an early attempt at fame as an actor and pianist. Failing to achieve early success, Haneke attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy and psychology, and became a film critic and stage director before making his eventual debut as a television director with After Liverpool in 1973. Setting in motion a television career specializing in literary adaptations and small screen films, Haneke would work successfully in that medium until his feature debut… read more