#Cannes2017: A HAPPY END for Michael Haneke?

26. April 2017

The Austrian cineaste and honorary winner at the ZFF is on track to become the first filmmaker to win a third Golden Palm at the "Croisette".

On the set of HAPPY END

With his new film HAPPY END, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke is in the running for the seventh time in the race for the Golden Palm in Cannes. He is now among the select circle of directors who have won the award twice. The list further comprises Alf Sjöberg (1946 and 1951), Francis Ford Coppola (1974 and 1979), Shohei Imamura (1983 and 1997), Emir Kusturica (1985 and 1995), Bille August (1988 and 1992), Ken Loach and the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (1999 and 2005).

Haneke already scooped the award for his last two films: In 2012 for AMOUR, his intimate drama about love and death, which also won the Academy Award for best foreign language film, and three years previous for the sober yet incredibly disturbingly staged drama THE WHITE RIBBON (2009), about a youth living in pre-war Germany.

In his latest work HAPPY END, once again starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Haneke tells the tale of a middle-class family in northern Calais, whose fate is affected by migrants – "as we are all affected", as Haneke said recently in an interview, "until the whole thing escalates." A happy end is something the new Haneke film will not have – but it could certainly be an unforgettable highlight for the 75-year-old director and his faithful cinema audience in 2017. Theatrical release is expected in autumn this year. 

In 2013, the ZFF honoured Michael Haneke with the A Tribute to ... Award for his work as a director. On this occasion, the gifted filmmaker also addressed the questions of the ZFF audience during a public ZFF Masters session. Watch the video here:

Related links:

> Retrospective of Michael Haneke at ZFF

> Festival de Cannes – Official Selection