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Close-Up on Michael Haneke

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The Seventh Continent

Michael Haneke Austria, 1989

Michael Haneke turned heads right from the start with this assured and intelligent debut, which established a vision that is simultaneously bleak and impossible to ignore. As Haneke himself said, the film is about what happens every day. The fourth in our series on the Austrian master.

Benny's Video

Michael Haneke Austria, 1992

In what we may call a transitional work from Michael Haneke, the Austrian provocateur introduces several themes that will prove central to his career: video, surveillance, and the viewer’s own implicit role in the perpetuation of violent imagery. Featuring Funny Games’s Arno Frisch!

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

Michael Haneke Austria, 1994

Our Michael Haneke focus continues with the last part of his austere and deranging trilogy, culminating here in a supreme act of violence, in which reasons are only slightly suggested. A piercing critique of the alienating effects of western society and the overpowering influence of the media.

Funny Games

Michael Haneke Austria, 1997

Two cunning young men terrorize a vacationing family of three by taking them hostage in their own home in this dark exploration of violence in the media.

The Castle

Michael Haneke Germany, 1997

Michael Haneke transforms Kafka’s unfinished novel into a potent, enigmatic, and complete film experience that is truly Kafkaesque.

Time of the Wolf

Michael Haneke Austria, 2003

When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find that it’s occupied by strangers, and that a global cataclysm has occurred. Nothing is as it was. We are in a silent world.

Hidden

Michael Haneke France, 2005

Georges, who hosts a TV literary review, receives anonymous packages containing videos of himself with his family, shot secretly from the street, and alarming, obscure drawings. There’s no commentary, no threats, but the message is clear: You’re being watched. Slowly, dark revelations come to light.

The White Ribbon

Michael Haneke Germany, 2009

In a rural German village in 1913, brutal authority is enforced by the baron and the pastor. Malevolent occurrences involving the upper class gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. A school teacher investigates and slowly discovers the incredible truth.

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