Tag Archive: Michael Haneke

It’s Tribeca time again as the film fest kicks off tomorrow in typical New York fashion with The National rock-doc Mistaken for Strangers.

Ryland Aldrich, the festival editor, wrote for twitchfilm.com that at that film, the other galas, and the midnight lineup yesterday — and today we turn our attention to the documentary and narrative competitions. The documentary competition specifically has become a real focus for Tribeca in recent years. Here are a few films in each of those sections that caught our eye. Read more about the festival here: http://bit.ly/14tF6OT

World Documentary Competition
Prolific behind-the-scenes documentarian Yves Montmayeur takes a look at the man, the myth, the legend, and the twitter account of director Michael Haneke.

Based on a book by Jon Savage and narrated by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer and Jessie Usher, director Matt Wolf’s documentary examines the very notion of an age existing between childhood and life as an adult.

Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s documentary looks at modern day Robin Hoods who put themselves at great risk by robbing electricity from paying customers to provide it to those too poor for power.

Sean Dunne’s feature directorial debut is this look at the OxyContin abuse epidemic gripping the small town of Oceana, West Virginia. The film is scored by indie folk band Deer Tick.

Docu editor Alex Meiller’s (Capitalism: A Love Story) directorial debut is this enthralling-looking docu about Timor-Leste covert documentarian-turned-activist Kirsty Sword Gusmão.

Rachel Boynton (Our Brand is Crisis) takes a look at the huge personal costs of big oil doing business in West Africa in her latest docu, executive produced by Brad Pitt

Veteran docu cinematographer Dan Krauss reports firsthand accounts of battlefield from the US soldiers accused of gratuitous killings of Afghan civilians.

World Narrative Competition

Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon star in this Florida-set domestic poverty drama from Laurie Collyer, director of Sundance 2006 awards title Sherrybaby.

Arvin Chen‘s follow-up to Au Revoir Taipei takes another crack at the Taiwanese romantic comedy genre with this multi-threaded Berlin-premiering narrative.

Indie editor Lance Edmands’s (Tiny Furniture, Nobody Walks) feature directorial debut is this small town drama starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale, and Adam Driver.

This rural Laos-set adventure from Aussie director Kim Mordaunt looks to be all kinds of fun.

There may not be a lot of competition, but it is completely fair to call Hisham Zaman‘s border crossing adventure the most interesting sounding Kurdish language Norwegian-German co-production this year.

My quick pitch for Felix Van Groeningen’s follow-up to Cannes ’09 title The Misfortunates is a Flemish Blue Valentine involving a couple who are obsessed with American country/western living.



Michael Haneke


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After several failed attempts, the director won the best foreign language film award for “Amour” as his home country had its best Oscar outing since 1961.

It’s been a long wait with several failed attempts, but Michael Haneke has finally won the best foreign language Oscar for his home country, Austria.

When Haneke’s Amour was named as the award winner Sunday night, it marked the end of a long struggle by the Austrian government to have Haneke’s films – many of which like Amour have been in French – accepted as properly Austrian in the eyes of the Academy.

Foreign language films can now be in any language other than English. Their nationality is determined by the creative force behind the film.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/YvM6B7

Alongside Haneke, that deep Austrian talent pool includes Vienna hometown hero Christoph Waltz, who took home his second best supporting actor Oscar Sunday for his role as German bounty hunter King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained.

Two Austrian Oscars in one night – that hasn’t  happened since 1961, when Billy Wilder won three Oscars in a single year for The Apartment. The film took home the best picture, best director and best original screenplay honors that year.


The Archive: Luis Bunuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa & More

The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic cinema made by TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Or read more here: http://bit.ly/ZrKM5l

Luis Buñuel was born on this day in 1900. See a photo of him with Catherine Deneuve on the set of Belle du Jour and a one-hour documentary on his 21-film stretch of making films in Mexico below. [The Guardian/Cinephilia & Beyond]

Wim Wenders discusses Wings of Desire in 13-minute commentary. [Digifruitella]

Andrei Tarkovsky‘s movies are streaming for free. [Open Culture]

Watch a visual essay on the three different aspect ratios (1.33:1 ; 1.66:1; 1.85:1) for On the Waterfront and watch Martin Scorsese discuss the film.

Michael Haneke‘s take on Mozart‘s Cosi Fan Tutte is debuting in Spain this weekend. [Teatro Real]

Humphrey Bogart‘s make-up test for John Huston‘s The Maltese Falcon (notice the misspelling). [tylerweaver]

Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland at MGM. [emmafgreen]

Watch all of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10-part masterpiece Dekalog. [Xanthinusa4]

Stanley Kubrick on the Spain set of Spartacus in 1959. [FilmmakerIQ]

Watch Alex Cox‘s 50-minute documentary on Akira Kurosawa, featuring the late Donald Richie. [iambags]

Wes Anderson‘s ten favorite New York movies includes The Apartment, The Sweet Smell of Success, Rosemary’s Baby and more.  [NY Daily News]

Marlon Brando prepping on the set of Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now. [Reddit]

The five unusual habits of Orson Welles. [InkTank]

Watch a 45-minute documentary on the making of Stanley Kubrick‘s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. [Filmmaker IQ]

Yasujiro Ozu on the set of Late Spring. [Criterion Corner]

How cinematographer Roger Deakins got ten famous shots. [Vulture]

Michelangelo Antonioni and Jack Nicholson on the set of The Passenger. [FilmmakerIQ]

Watch a video detailing Saul Bass‘ title sequences for Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho.

Satyajit Ray, Michelangelo Antonioni and Akira Kurosawa at the Taj Mahal. [Kino Images]

See more from The Archive here 


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