Sunday, February 17, 2013

Director Michael Haneke featured for Oscar week

In honor of Oscar Week, I'm featuring several filmmakers before the big night this coming Sunday. First up - Michael Haneke.
“Films that are entertainments give simple answers but I think that's ultimately more cynical, as it denies the viewer room to think. If there are more answers at the end, then surely it is a richer experience.”

Film director/writer/actor Michael Haneke got his first Oscar nominations for directing, foreign language film (French), and writing Amour this year. Born in Germany, raised in Austria, and fluent in French, Haneke is one of a distinguished filmmaking group  that include Francis Ford Coppola to win two Palme d’Ors at the Cannes Film Festival. Haneke won the Palme d’Or award for The White Ribbon in 2009 and Amour in 2012. Haneke began his feature filmmaking career at 46 after 21 years in television work. Haneke is the son of director/actor Fritz Haneke and actress Beatrix Degenschild. He studed philosophy, psychology and drama at the University of Vienna; directed operas and was a film critic.

Amour is scheduled for a home video release in May 2013 and follows the story of an elderly French couple, Georges and Anne, in their eighties who contend with health, family, legacy, and love in a poignantly toned film. Amour was inspired by Haneke’s aunt’s real life experiences. I predict Amour will win for Best Foreign Language film...would like to see Haneke win for Best Director.

Be sure to enter my first annual Oscar contest!

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