Michael Haneke at Cannes (and Beyond)

Michael Haneke receiving the Palme d’Or on Sunday

Michael Haneke’s latest film, Amour, has won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival. The film centres around an elderly couple whose relationship is severely tested when the wife suffers a series of strokes and stars Jean-Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Three Colours Red)  and Emmanuelle Riva (Leon Morin, Petre, Three Colours Blue) and Isabelle Hupert (Piano Teacher, Home).

Haneke discusses Amour with The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/movies/michael-haneke-discusses-amour-at-the-cannes-film-festival.html?smid=pl-share

Trailer: http://youtu.be/ekjfj8sLFqs

It is the second time that the Austrian director has won the Palme d’Or, having previously collected the prize for The White Ribbon (2009) which portrayed the mysterious goings-on – seeming to centre around ritual punishment –  in  a small village in northern Germany in the years immediately preceding World War I.

The White Ribbon (2009)

Guardian interview with Haneke at the release of White Ribbon: http://gu.com/p/2bkj9

Der Spiegel interview – “Every film rapes the viewer.”: http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/spiegel-interview-with-director-michael-haneke-every-film-rapes-the-viewer-a-656419.html

Trailer: http://youtu.be/5KJKvvvxY74

Other Haneke films that should not be missed:

The Piano Teacher (2001) – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes

Isabelle Hupert gives perhaps her greatest and bravest performance as Erika, a brilliant pianist and teacher who lives with her controlling mother. She begins an affair with one of her pupils to whom she reveals her sadomasochistic fantasies…. Disturbing, shocking and utterly brilliant.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/oLh59ahphnE (in French only)

Hidden (2005) – winner of Best Director and the FIPRESCI prizes at Cannes

Juliette Binoche (Les Amants du Pont Neuf), and Daniel Auteuill (The Closet)  play a couple whose family life begins to unravel when surveillance videos in which they and their son appear begin to be left on their doorstep… Considered by many to be the first great film of the 21st Century.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/_w0J9myz14I

Code Unknown (2000) – nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2000

A chance event and the life-altering repercussions on the strangers whose lives momentarily intersect at that time – primarily centering on the stories of immigrants in Paris. Poignant, shocking and beautiful. Starring Juliette Binoche.

Trailer: http://youtu.be/s4JVywNiTPg

Funny Games (Austrian) (1997)

Trailer: http://youtu.be/0Wv9nJHBVCA

Funny Games U.S. (2007)

A film so good, he made it twice… A wealthy family get some unexpected and psychotic visitors. Starring Naomi Watts (Mullholland Drive), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs) and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire).

Trailer: http://youtu.be/Ec-70W_K77U

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