Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke

Highest Rated: 100% Lumière and Company (1996)

Lowest Rated: 52% Funny Games (2008)

Birthday: Mar 23, 1942

Birthplace: Not Available

Cheerfully wishing his audience a "disturbing evening" at a London retrospective of his films, director Michael Haneke insists that he is an optimist at heart, despite all of the relentlessly bleak carnage and deeply disturbing imagery so vividly painted and seared into the mind of anyone who has had the uncomfortable experience of viewing his work.Practically born into show business, to an actress mother and director father, in Munich in March 1942, Haneke spent his early years in a working class suburb of Vienna before an early attempt at fame as an actor and pianist. Failing to achieve early success, Haneke attended the University of Vienna to study philosophy and psychology, and became a film critic and stage director before making his eventual debut as a television director with After Liverpool in 1973. Setting in motion a television career specializing in literary adaptations and small screen films, Haneke would work successfully in that medium until his feature debut with The Seventh Continent in 1989.Laced with the theme of muted emotions resulting in stark violence that would become his calling card, The Seventh Continent's bleak and austere portrayal of a family deadened and ultimately destroyed by modern convenience served as a deeply disturbing cautionary tale, made all the more effective by the final revelation that it was based in reality. The first of an agonizing trilogy on the same theme, including Benny's Video (1992) and 71 Fragments of a Chronology Chance (1994), it offered a telling contrast to the Hollywood-manufactured attempts at shock in the form of slimy aliens and supernatural chills. These films were horrific and they were all too real in their implications and actions, the distortion of reality so common among typical horror films was abandoned in Haneke's works in favor of the infinitely more terrifying affects of urban alienation. Haneke took the modern obsession with cinematic violence to a level rarely attempted in 1997, with the tale of a happy family relentlessly tortured in Funny Games. Violence is not fun in Haneke's world and this is where his optimism comes into play. Though shocking and repulsive on a number of levels, Haneke's goal to shatter the numbness instilled by countless depictions of inconsequential violence in modern media is something the director views as positive and uplifting, even if the means to that end induce shock and anger. Haneke took home the Grand Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival for The Piano Teacher, a compelling tale of sexual repression that also won that film's stars, Benoit Magimel and Isabelle Huppert, the Best Actor and Actress awards at the festival.He earned some of the strongest reviews of his career for the 2005 thriller Cache. In 2007 he remade his film Funny Games in English with a cast that included Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Michael Pitt. He scored another international hit with 2009's The White Ribbon, and had arguably his biggest American success in 2012 when his film Amour garnered Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, and won the coveted award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Highest Rated Movies



71% Happy End Director Screenwriter $83.8K 2017
91% Michael H. Profession: Director Actor 2013
No Score Yet Trespassing Bergman Actor 2013
93% Amour Director Screenwriter $6.8M 2012
No Score Yet Jean-Louis Trintignant, pourquoi que je vis Actor 2012
No Score Yet Früchte des Vertrauens Actor 2010
86% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) Screenwriter Director $2.1M 2009
52% Funny Games Screenwriter $1.1M 2008
No Score Yet 40 X 15 Actor 2008
89% Caché Screenwriter Director $3.5M 2005
64% Time of the Wolf Screenwriter Director 2004
No Score Yet 24 Realities Per Second Actor 2004
74% The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) Screenwriter Director 2001
74% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) Screenwriter Director 2000
No Score Yet Variation Director 1999
No Score Yet Das Schloß (The Castle) Director 1998
67% Funny Games Director Screenwriter 1998
100% Lumière and Company Actor 1996
60% 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance) Director 1994
64% Benny's Video Director Screenwriter 1992
67% The Seventh Continent (Der Siebente Kontinent) Director 1989
No Score Yet Who Was Edgar Allan? (Wer war Edgar Allan?) Director 1985
No Score Yet Lemmings, Part 2: Injuries Director 1979
No Score Yet Three Paths to the Lake Director 1976
No Score Yet Sperrmüll Director 1976
No Score Yet Inthierryview Actor


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