A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all? —Cannes Film Festival
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
With Cache and this one Haneke showed his true colors. At bottom they're simpleminded films, taking political positions that are, by now, safe and ossified and shoving them in your face. TWR made clear what I'd long suspected: he's closer to Dreyer than to his "idol" Bresson, though, as in Cache, he replaces Dreyer's genuine sense of mystery with disingenuous, shallow, red-herring gestures of narrative uncertainty.
The seeds of evil are thrown across fertile ground into the impressionable children; the repressed generation then oppresses---violence, retaliation, lies. Cinematically, this film is pieced together with startling clarity and refinement. This past viewing proved to be the most emotionally impactful for me...TWR is one of those movies that rewards; repeat viewings offer insight into mysteries & character ties.
His next film, Amour, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, will likely premiere in Cannes.
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Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon.
A dark portrait of life in a small Protestant village in rural Germany, Haneke describes his film as revealing ‘the origin of every type of terrorism, be it of political or religious nature’. Shot… read review
English Title: The White Ribbon
Original Title: Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy
Language: German, Italian Polish… read review
el rigor del cine de haneke en su expresión más acabada. se entiende la renuencia de las distribuidoras en méxico para exhibirla. haneke usa la cámara como un carnicero su machete destazador. la experiencia… read review