15 March 2013 4:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The writer of the spoof Twitter account about the notoriously chilly film-maker shares his view of the 'charming' man seen in a new documentary – and on being right about the stinky cat

A funny thing happened the other week while I was discussing my surreal alternate life as @Michael_Haneke. After discovering that I was behind the parody Twitter account, my acquaintance asked: "But how did you know about the cats?" For the uninitiated, one of the key obsessions of fake Haneke, a purposely lowbrow take on the famously austere director, is his "stinky cat". It was a recurring joke made to distance the two Hanekes even more, not being able to imagine the director of The White Ribbon making so many references to his cat's flatulence.

Yet, as I have recently found out, "real Haneke" is the proud owner of more than one cat, a fact that few people know. »

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