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Movie Review – Happy End (2017)

Happy End, 2017.

Written and Directed by Michael Haneke.

Starring Isabelle Huppert, Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Laura Verlinden, Franz Rogowski, Aurélia Petit, and Toby Jones.

Synopsis:

A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

There is a lot going on in Happy End, the latest film from celebrated auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, Cache, The White Ribbon, so on and so forth), to the point where the end result is messy and disconnected. The characters are cold and unworthy of investing in, which isn’t a surprise to anyone familiar with the director, but long stretches of Happy End test patience and fail to generate any reaction. This is largely due to an unwieldy amount of subplots that never form into the bigger picture, even though all the major characters are part of the same dysfunctional, unhappy family. Depression and suicide are
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Berlin: Netflix Buys German 'Perfume' Series

Netflix has boarded Perfume, a dark German-language thriller series from producers Constantin Film and network ZDFneo loosely based on the global best-seller of the same name by Patrick Suskind.

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights outside of German-speaking Europe for the crime drama, which features a laundry list of German stars, including Wotan Wilke Mohring (Valkyrie), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Friederike Becht (The Reader), Christian Friedel (The White Ribbon), Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy) and Ken Duken (Inglourious Basterds).

Philipp Kadelbach, a director on International Emmy-winning series Generation War and BBC espionage drama SS-gb, helmed the six-part crimes drama, currently in post-production.

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Michael Haneke Says #MeToo Movement Leads to ‘Man-Hating Puritanism’

Michael Haneke Says #MeToo Movement Leads to ‘Man-Hating Puritanism’
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke has joined the group of mainly international voices expressing their doubt about the #MeToo movement, decrying it as causing a reversion to “Puritanism.”

In an interview with Austrian daily Kurier published Friday, the two-time Palme d’Or winner was asked whether he thought there had recently been a tendency to rebuild taboos, for example as a result of the #MeToo debate. Though he said he “of course” thinks “any form of rape or coercion” is punishable, he also referred to the current movement as “prejudice hysteria” and said he finds it “disgusting.”

“I do not want to know how many of these charges related to incidents 20 or 30 years ago are primarily statements that have little to do with sexual assault,” he added.

“This new, man-hating Puritanism, coming in the wake of the #Metoo movement, worries me,” he said, referring to the “malignancy” that he said often comes across on the Internet and makes
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Michael Haneke Criticizes #MeToo: ‘Witch Hunts Should Be Left in the Middle Ages’

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Michael Haneke Criticizes #MeToo: ‘Witch Hunts Should Be Left in the Middle Ages’
Don’t expect Michael Haneke to tweet his support for #MeToo anytime soon. The two-time Palme d’Or winner criticized the movement in an interview with the Austrian Daily Kurier, saying, “I regard this hysteria of rash judgments that is spreading at the moment as absolutely disgusting.”

“People are just being finished off in the media, [their] lives and careers are being ruined,” he said. Haneke clarified that “any kind of rape or [sexual] coercion should be punished,” but things are going too far based on “totally unperceived malignance, the blind rage that is not based on facts.”

This fast-and-loose approach “destroys the lives of people, whose crime has not been proven in many cases,” he continued. “This new man-hating puritanism that comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement worries me,” and men “should hardly even touch this topic” at this point.

“This has nothing to do with the fact that
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Michael Haneke heading to the small screen for Kelvin’s Book

According to Deadline, Oscar and Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games, The White Ribbon) is teaming with FremantleMedia’s Ufa Fiction for his first ever TV series, Kelvin’s Book.

The site describes the project as a ten-part high-concept series “set in a dystopian world and will tell the adventurous story of a group of young people in a not too distant future. During a flight, they are forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home and are confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time.”

“After ten TV movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” said Haneke as part of the series’ official announcement.

“No contemporary director has moved and inspired me more than Michael Haneke,” added producer Nico Hofmann. “Kelvin’s Book is an extraordinarily rich, gripping and ambitious story. With contemporary themes and
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Michael Haneke to Create First TV Series With 'Kelvin's Book'

Michael Haneke — the award-winning director of Amour, The White Ribbon and Funny Games — is teaming up with Germany's Ufa Fiction to create his first-ever television series.

Kelvin's Book is described as a high-concept dystopian drama set in a near future. The 10-part, English-language series will follow a group of young people who are forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home country and, for the first time, are confronted with the true face of their nation.

“After 10 TV-movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for...
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Michael Haneke to Create First TV Series With 'Kelvin's Book'

Michael Haneke to Create First TV Series With 'Kelvin's Book'
Michael Haneke -- the award-winning director of Amour, The White Ribbon and Funny Games -- is teaming up with Germany's UFA Fiction to create his first-ever television series.

Kelvin's Book is described as a high concept dystopian drama set in a near future. The 10-part, English-language series will follow a group of young people who are forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home country and, for the first time, are confronted with the true face of their nation.

“After 10 TV-movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once,” Haneke said in a...
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'Happy End' Review: Michael Haneke Returns With Another Feel-Bad Drama

'Happy End' Review: Michael Haneke Returns With Another Feel-Bad Drama
Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke has made many a masterpiece – and his latest, Happy End, isn't one of them. Yet this cinematic poke in the eye about an upper class family imploding still exerts a perverse fascination. From early provocations like The Seventh Continent (1989) through later boundary-pushing works like The Piano Teacher, Cache, The White Ribbon, Funny Games (both the original and it's English-language remake) and Amour, the fillmaker specializes in the toxic indifference that can kill a family or society as a whole. He offers no easy answers. As the
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‘Happy End’ Movie Review: Michael Haneke’s Latest Tackles Social Media

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‘Happy End’ Movie Review: Michael Haneke’s Latest Tackles Social Media
Michael Haneke‘s “Happy End,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, lacks the historical heft of “The White Ribbon” or the emotional through-line of “Amour,” both winners of the festival’s Palme d’Or prize. It’s a more austere and enigmatic work about — among many other things — existential malaise among France’s top 1 percent. The compelling film is like the Austrian director’s answer to the age-old question, “What do you get for the man who has everything?” And though his answer is simple, one must put in the work to get there. The film follows the Laurents (as all.
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Michael Haneke Says He’s Not ‘Dark’ but If ‘Happy End’ Disturbs, That’s Your Problem

Michael Haneke Says He’s Not ‘Dark’ but If ‘Happy End’ Disturbs, That’s Your Problem
Michael Haneke received worldwide acclaim and two Oscar nominations for his tragic romance “Amour,” the mesmerizing tale of an elderly couple facing the inevitable specter of death. Though downbeat in the Haneke fashion, “Amour” also registered as the Austrian filmmaker’s most emotionally accessible work. His followup, “Happy End,” found a more mixed response — and yet, for serious Haneke devotees, it should hit all the right buttons. Still, Haneke remains such a singular director that, 30 years into his career, he continues to challenge even his greatest devotees.

For those among us, “Happy End” delivers one of the most enjoyably twisted movies of Haneke’s career. The story of a dysfunctional bourgeois family where self-loathing and suicidal thoughts loom large, it’s a profoundly cynical work so incisive that it renewed a once-familiar element in Haneke’s career trajectory: divisiveness. Following the filmmaker’s back-to-back Palme d’Or wins for “Amour” and “The White Ribbon,
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Birthday wins Best Short Film at Monster Fest 2017!

Birthday” wins Best Short Film at 2017 Monster Fest (November 23rd – 26th). Monster Fest is an annual genre film festival in Melbourne, Australia. Called “Australia’s foremost celebration of international cult and horror cinema”. Birthday is a short film directed by Alberto Viavattene, starring Roxane Duran (The white ribbon by Michael Haneke, Evolution, The Belier …

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LOLs with Haneke: I confess to the director about creating his cat-lover Twitter parody

Oscar-winner Michael Haneke can be as tough to interview as his films can be to watch. So what happened when our writer admitted to being the creator of a parody Twitter account that turned him into a tween-talking cat-lover?

There are a number of reasons to be nervous about interviewing Michael Haneke. The 75-year-old Oscar-winner has carved out a career filled with severity, from the cold-blooded torture of Funny Games to the sadomasochistic psychology of The Piano Teacher, to the bleak account of fascism in The White Ribbon. The Austrian’s off-screen persona has often been similarly austere: he’s painted as evasive, difficult and uncooperative.

But there was an added reason for my trepidation. In 2012, I launched a parody Twitter account in Haneke’s name. It was an extended joke that reimagined the director as a tween-talking, cat-loving, remarkably petty figure, who spent his time insulting Terrence Malick and
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‘Happy End’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Semi-Sequel Probably Isn’t Too Happy — Watch

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‘Happy End’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Semi-Sequel Probably Isn’t Too Happy — Watch
Sony Pictures Classics has released the trailer for “Happy End,” Michael Haneke’s semi-sequel to “Amour.” Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant reprise their roles in the film, whose title is almost certainly ironic — Haneke’s movies, like “Funny Games” and “The White Ribbon,” are among the most severe in the world. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Happy End’ Review: In This Quasi-Sequel to ‘Amour,’ Michael Haneke is a Master of Bourgeois Despair

Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of AFI Fest: “The Laurent family has issues. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), the aging patriarch of the wealthy Callais clan, is more interested in exiting this world than enjoying it. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has a repellent adult son to deal with, and Thomas (Mathieu Kassovitz) is having a graphic online affair. The match to this tinderbox of dysfunction is adolescent Eve, who moves in after her mother’s apparent suicide attempt, and in
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Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Austria: ‘Happy Ending’ by Michael…

Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Austria: ‘Happy Ending’ by Michael…
Official Oscar® Submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Austria: ‘Happy Ending’ by Michael Haneke“All around us, the world, and we, in its midst, blind.”The Laurent Family in ‘Happy Ending’A snapshot from the life of a bourgeois European family.

What is Michael Haneke’s vision in this film? We have seen his take on the young Adonises in Funny Games, the most devastating picture of modern sociopathology I have ever seen. And his view of the pathological origin of fascism in The White Ribbon, of the political scandal of the police mass murder and civilians turning a blind eye to the plight of Algerians in France in Cache, on sexual pathology run amock in The Piano Teacher.

Happy Ending features the best actors of a generation and of Haneke’s films, Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher), Jean-Louis Trintignant who played the same character in Amour, is now shown from another angle,
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Europe’s Oscar Films Span Spectrum From Serious to Comedies

Europe’s Oscar Films Span Spectrum From Serious to Comedies
“World cinema” may be the official remit of the foreign-language film category, but it’s fair to say Oscar has travelled some parts of the globe more thoroughly than others. However much the voting system is tweaked to expand the branch’s horizons, the award retains a reputation for Eurocentricity: in its 61 years of competitive existence, it has gone to a European production 51 times.

It’s not an inexplicable bias, of course, when you weigh up the number of developed national film industries among continents — after all, European countries account for well over a third of this year’s 92 foreign-language submissions, dwarfing the combined number of entries from Africa, for example. Either way, it’s a dominance that is likely to continue this year, with Europe holding a number of the most hotly fancied contenders in what remains a wide-open race.

Unsurprisingly, France holds the record for scoring the most nominations in the category’s history, with 37. It
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Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury

Michael Apted to Head Camerimage Competition Jury
British documentarian Michael Apted, who broke ground with decades-long chronicles of subjects’ lives, will chair the Camerimage fest main competition jury, the organization has announced.

Heather Stewart, creative director at the British Film Institute, and cinematographers Christian Berger (“The White Ribbon”), Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano”), Stephen Goldblatt (“Lethal Weapon”), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (“Independence Day”) and Anastas N. Michos (“Man on the Moon”) will also serve, evaluating the best in world cinematography Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Director-producer Brad Silberling (“City of Angels”) will lead the Polish films competition jury, alongside cinematographers Andrew Dunn (“The Bodyguard”), Denis Lenoir (“Demonlover”), Claudio Miranda (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and VFX supervisor Mark H. Weingartner (“Inception”).

Last year’s docu prize achievement winner Jay Rosenblatt (“Human Remains”) will preside over the docu features jury, serving with writer-producer-director Sheila Curran Bernard (“Slavery by Another Name”), Dp John Davey (“La danse”), producer Karen Konicek (Zipporah Films) and director-producer Kristine Samuelson (“Arthur and Lillie
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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’

San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Mademoiselle Paradis’
It’s the kind of teasing what-if with which we begin torturing ourselves as children: If you had to choose one, would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have the gift of sight for a brief time only to have it taken away, or never know exactly what you’re missing? And if regaining your vision meant losing your most unique talent, would you take that trade? For blind Austrian pianist Maria Theresia “Resi” Paradis, the latter wasn’t a hypothesis or a choice, but a perverse quandary into which her body threw her — not that the draconian patriarchy of the late 18th century would have permitted her much say either way. A fresh, inquisitive portrait of her pivotal teenage years from director Barbara Albert, “Mademoiselle Paradis” is less interested in its subject’s potted biography than in how her era’s vicious politics of class and gender affected her plight. The
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Mipcom: Deutsche Telekom Greenlights First Original Series 'Germanized'

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom is getting into the series game.

Deutsche Telekom on Friday unveiled its first-ever original fiction commission, greenlighting a 10-episode order of Germanized, a half-hour comedy series, for its streaming platform EntertainTV.

The culture clash comedy, in which 200 Germans “invade” a picturesque but bankrupt Basque village, features Christoph Maria Herbst, star of Stromberg, the German version of The Office, and French actress Roxane Duran (Riveria, The White Ribbon).

Germanized is a co-production between Germany's Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and France's Telfrance (Newen Group) and was developed and co-written by Franck Magnier and Alexandre Charlot, co-writers on hit French...
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Deutsche Telekom Orders First Original, Culture-Clash Comedy ‘Germanized’

Deutsche Telekom Orders First Original, Culture-Clash Comedy ‘Germanized’
Deutsche Telekom has greenlit “Germanized,” a culture-clash comedy series about a French village on the verge of bankruptcy that welcomes a German company and hundreds of German workers. It is the first original for the telco’s EntertainTV service.

Christoph Maria Herbst (“Stromberg”) and Roxane Duran (“The White Ribbon”) will star, with shooting slated for next spring ahead of a launch in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The French and German-language show hails from a Franco-German team. Franck Magnier and Alexandre Charlot (“Les Guignols de L’Info”), from the French side, and Thomas Rogel (“Heute Show”) and Peter Güde (“Stromberg”), from Germany, co-created the half-hour comedy. “Das Boot” producer Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and Newen’s production company Telfrance will make the France-Germany co-production.

“After Uhd and the first exclusive series for EntertainTV, the next logical step is original productions,” said Deutsche Telekom’s Michael Hagspihl. “With our partners we have put together a strong team with stellar expertise in
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Birthday Selected for 55th New York Film Festival!

Birthday” has been selected for 55th New York Film Festival (September 28th – October 15th). It will be screened on 30th September and on the 1st of October in Genre Stories section at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Birthday is a short film directed by Alberto Viavattene, starring Roxane Duran (The white ribbon by …

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