The Seventh Continent:
Austrian director Michael Haneke’s first feature introduces us to the themes and characters that have continued to populate his work up to and including his current US remake of Funny Games. Three years in the life of Georg, his wife Anna and their daughter Eva. It’s the story of a bourgeois family unit; of professional success; of the price to pay for conformism and the story of a psychological blindness that leads to their self-destruction.
14 year-old Benny is the only son of a successful Austrian couple. Somewhat absorbed in their own lives and careers, he is often left to his own devices with his hi-tech gifts. Surrounded by TV and video images, electronic games and his beloved camcorder, Benny becomes increasingly removed from the 'real world', absorbed particularly with a tape of a pig being slaughtered. When his parents leave for a short holiday, Benny befriends a girl near his local video store and brings her home, taping their conversation before re-enacting his pet scene-and parents and son alike must come to terms with the enormity of this horrifying and senseless murder. Director Michael Haneke's acclaimed study of the effects of violent imagery is a harrowing tale of isolation and desensitization.
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance:
A meticulous depiction of the numbing and normalizing effects of television, Michael Haneke's 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance "is the most intelligent and powerful study by cinema" of the 20th century's quintessential medium.
When a wealthy family arrive for a week at their lakeside villa, their idyll doesn’t last long. While father and son sail the lake in their yacht, mother Anna is asked by a neighbour’s house guests for a handful of eggs. But their neat, educated appearance betrays a sinister intention, and Anna realises these two men play games. Cat-and-mouse games. Haneke’s study of emotional terror and senseless violence is one of the most chilling ever made.
On a bustling Paris street corner, four separate lives intersect, setting into motion a stunning film by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke. Carefully interweaving the stories of Anne, a promising actress (Juliette Binoche), her photojournalist boyfriend Georges (Thierry Neuvic), a young teacher of African descent (Ona Lu Yenke) and a Romanian illegal immigrant (Luminita Gheorghiu), Haneke crafts a compelling portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world. As these divergent stories gradually unfold, the seemingly unrelated lives prove to have very much in common, as they struggle for love and acceptance in society of locked doors and cold stares.
The Piano Teacher:
Adapted from Elfriede Jelinek's own novel "The Piano Teacher", the film is a stunning look at how a middle-aged woman, a piano professor at the Vienna Music Conservatory, is gradually being self-destructed. Erika Kohut, who had a weird love-hate relationship with her mother, was torn by her emotions to music and her dark desires. She often visited the peep show and a porn cinema in the low-class district of Vienna, and voyeured couples' random mating at night in the park. One day, after one of her students expressed his feelings during a private class, her inhibited desires explode…
Time Of The Wolf:
After the international success of THE PIANO TEACHER, acclaimed director Micheal Haneke again teams up with legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert (HUCKABEES) to create an apocalyptic vision unlike any other. Set in an unnamed European country sometime in the future, or perhaps the past, TIME OF THE WOLF tells the story of a family-Georges, Anne (Huppert) and their children, Eva and Ben. Fleeing the city for the safety and security of their country home, they discover it occupied by strangers, including BETTY BLUE’s Béatrice Dalle. The ensuing confrontation changes their lives forever. In the shadow of an unfathomable disaster which has overthrown all normal codes of behaviour, this family must learn to survive in a dark and painful new world.
Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) live the perfect life of modern comfort and security in modern day Paris. They have a teenage son and Georges hosts a popular literary review television program while Anne works in publishing. One day they start receiving packages on their doorstep that contain video surveillance footage shot secretly from their street, accompanied by disturbing drawings. Georges and Anne's idyll is shattered. As more tapes and images arrive and become increasingly personal, Georges launches into an investigation of his own as to who could be imposing this terror upon him and his family. As he delves deeper, secrets from his past are revealed, and the walls of security he and Anne have built around themselves begin to crumble.