Rewind: The Films of Michael Haneke
August 5 - September 6
Known for his stark and disturbing portrayals of bourgeois complacency and ennui, Austrian-born Michael Haneke is a director unafraid to court controversy. With Haneke's ability to charge even the most mundane scenes with menace and the apocalyptic, he has quickly become one of the most challenging and celebrated European directors, working frequently with such luminaries as Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert.
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Haneke delves into familiar subject matter, the tensions that lurk beneath the veneer of the bourgeois family. Georges (Daniel Autiel) and Anne Laurent (Juliette Binoche) are successful professionals who begin to receive surveillance tapes of their home accompanied by crude child-like drawings. When teenage son Pierrot disappears, circumstances come to a boil as Georges begins to acknowledge that he knows more than he admits.
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke; PROD Veit Heiduschka. France/Austria/Germany/Italy, 2005, color, 117 min. In French with English subtitles. RATED R
Jean (Alexandre Hamidi) escapes his austere father and runs to Paris and older brother Georges
(Thierry Neuvic). Unable to find his brother, a frustrated Jean throws a piece of trash into the lap of a Romanian beggar, setting off a chain of fractured and enigmatic events. Anne (Juliette Binoche) is Georges's girlfriend who becomes enmeshed in the action.
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke; PROD Marin Karmitz and Alain Sarde. France/Germany/Romania, 2000, color, 118 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
71 FRAGMENTS OF
A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE
"Cool, cerebral, and painstaking" - Time Out London. A meticulous depiction of the numbing, normalizing effects of television. The film
examines several characters, including an Austrian student who goes on a shooting spree, a couple struggling with a newly adopted daughter and a homeless Romanian boy living on the streets of Vienna, alternating with clips of TV news segments on war in the former Yugoslavia.
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke; PROD Veit Heiduschka. Austria/Germany, 1994, color, 96 min. In German with English subtitles.
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THE PIANO TEACHER
Isabelle Huppert is a cold, middle-aged classical piano teacher at a prestigious music school who enjoys emotionally bullying her students. At
home, however, her mother is the dominant one, routinely humiliating the cowed Huppert. In private, Huppert seeks release in dangerously masochistic and voyeuristic ways. When her pupil Benoit Magimel becomes drawn to his icy, perfectionist teacher, the two begin a torrid
affair wrought with psychodrama and violence. Grand Jury Prize, and Best Actor and Actress for Magimel and Huppert, 2001 Cannes Film
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke, from the novel by Elfriede Jelinek; PROD Veit Heiduschka. France/Austria, 2001, color, 131
min. In French with English subtitles. RATED R
A brilliant, visceral exploration of the line between violence and voyeurism. An SUV towing a boat moves smoothly through idyllic German
pastures. Anna and George play guessing games based on the music of classical composers while son Georgie waits for the vacation at their lake house to begin. When two young men arrive unannounced and ask to borrow some eggs, the real games begin.
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke; PROD Veit Heiduschka. Austria, 1997, color, 108 min. In German with English subtitles.
"Haneke's chilling look at post-modernity and voyeurism" (Pauline Kael) is equally bonechilling and thought-provoking. Accustomed to a numbing routine of school activities, daily visits to a local video store and hours in front of the TV, young Benny finds himself enthralled by a tape of a hog being butchered. Benny eventually brings a girl home and shows her the videotape - then kills her in a similar fashion and films the whole thing.
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke; PROD Veit Heiduschka and Bernard Lang. Austria/Switzerland, 1992, color, 105 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED
TIME OF THE WOLF
In post-apocalyptic France, a once-affluent family seeks refuge in their country home. Confronted by squatters, they quickly learn the new rules of survival. Wandering through the burned barren countryside, they befriend a feral boy and stumble upon a makeshift commune ruled by the amoral Koslowski (Olivier Gourmet). Some live, some die, some lose their souls - and all await a savior. The fearless Isabelle Huppert centers
the film as the family's watchful mother.
PROD Veit Heiduschka and Margaret Menegoz. France/Austria/Germany, 2003, color, 114 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
An unsentimental depiction of individual and family collapse, "ranks among the most truly terrifying in modern cinema," wrote Michael
Wilmington in the Chicago Tribune. Described by Haneke as a reflection on "the progressive emotional glaciation of Austria," the film focuses on George, Anna and their daughter Eva. Filmed as a succession of events over the course of three years, the family goes about their daily routine, mechanically preparing food and going to work and school, until the climactic, engrossing conclusion.
DIR/SCR Michael Haneke; PROD Veit Heiduschka. Austria, 1989, color, 90 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED