Almost a manifesto: Michael Haneke castigating Hollywood

Posted: June 9, 2011 in creativity

Here’s something to my liking: film director Michael Haneke commenting on his way of film making:

My films are intended as polemical statements against the American ‘barrel down’ cinema and its disempowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for a cinema of insistent question instead of false answers; for clarifying distance in place of violating closeness; for provocation of dialogue instead of consumption of consensus.

That’s a refreshing approach to film making, one that provokes critical thought and active engagement with the content of the film. It makes intelligence grow rather than shrivel away into into stupidity and ignorance.

Michael Haneke (born 23 March 1942) is an Austrian filmmaker and writer best known for his bleak and disturbing style. His films often document problems and failures in modern society. Haneke has worked in television‚ theatre and cinema. He is also known for raising social issues in his work.[1] Besides working as filmmaker he also teaches directing at the Filmacademy Vienna.

At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, his film The White Ribbon won the Palme d’Or for best film, and at the 67th Golden Globe Awards the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has made films in French, German and English.

His films include Benny’s Video (1992), The Piano Teacher (2002) which won the Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival), Caché (2005) (Hidden) which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and The White Ribbon (2009) which won the Palme d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival[8] and 2010 the Golden Globe in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”.


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