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Director Michael Haneke

  • Funny Games Funny Games | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £9.91  |  Saving you £0.08 (0.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    You brought this on yourself... In this provocative and brutal thriller from director Michael Haneke a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors as they struggle to stay alive.

  • Happy End [DVD] Happy End | DVD | (26/03/2018) from £7.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it's a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Happy End bears all the hallmarks of Haneke's uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it's proof if we ever needed it that he remains one of modern cinema's true visionaries. Read more at https://www.curzonartificialeye.com/happy-end/#HiJoRqmElwrKDZ6e.99

  • The Piano Teacher [2001] The Piano Teacher | DVD | (23/04/2013) from £6.29  |  Saving you £13.70 (68.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    An unexpected critical (Grand Prix at Cannes) and commercial (three months in London's West End) success on its release in 2001, The Piano Teacher is a provocative, but ultimately frustrating, film. The intensifying relationship between Erika Kohut, a Viennese piano teacher whose musical focus is gradually undone by sexual repression, and Walter Klemmer, her uninhibited but unsuspecting student and admirer, lacks an underlying motivation, either physical or emotional, to sustain the tortuous encounters of the film's later stages. Director Michael Haneke powerfully evokes the claustrophobic décor of the flat that Kohut shares with her dictatorial yet ineffectual mother, with whom her relationship progresses from the pitiful to the farcical. And farce of the blackest kind is what the film descends to, as Kohut and Klemmer play out a vicious game of sado-masochistic control with an intriguing but indecisive conclusion. Isabelle Huppert is magnificently assured as Kohut, but Benoît Magimel often seems confused as Klemmer, while Annie Girardot resorts to a caricature of the mother. Fans of classical piano will enjoy the masterclass and rehearsal sequences during the first hour, though music is then relegated to a minor role--its deeper relevance to the film being ultimately difficult to define. English subtitles are provided, and the monochrome shades in which the scenes abound come through with suitably wan intensity. Yet it's hard not to feel that a more profound inquiry into the darker side of sexual desire has been lost along the way. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Amour [Blu-ray] Amour | Blu Ray | (18/03/2013) from £8.75  |  Saving you £11.24 (56.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Focusing on the lives of an elderly couple and the strain their relationship undergoes after one of them suffers a mild stroke, Amour is one of the most powerfully moving, emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made. From one of, if not the greatest director working today – Michael Haneke. Winner of the 2012 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Artificial Eye 40th Anniversary Collection: Volume 3 Palme D'or Winners [Blu-ray] Artificial Eye 40th Anniversary Collection: Volume 3 Palme D'or Winners | Blu Ray | (31/10/2016) from £18.99  |  Saving you £31.00 (62.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS -The friendship between two girls is tested to its absolute limits in this utterly compelling drama set in the twilight years of Communist-era Romania. Gabita (Laura Vasiliu), young and naïve, is pregnant. She turns to her more pragmatic room mate Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help and a meeting is arranged in a downtown hotel with the shady Mr Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). Entering a dangerous and illegal underworld where the stakes are high and nothing is as it seems, the girls are set for a life-changing experience that neither will ever forget. Brilliantly observed, superbly performed and directed with quite astonishing flair, this tense, poignant and provocative film has been hailed as a modern masterpiece. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR - At 15, Adele doesn't question it: girls go out with boys. Her life is changed forever when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself. THE CLASS - The greatest lessons are learnt when life enters the classroom. The tense environment of a tough inner-city school where cultures and attitudes often clash is revealed in this award-winning drama based on François Bégaudeau s best-selling novel Between the Walls. Bégaudeau himself stars as an idealistic teacher of a class of unruly 15 year-olds, whose spiky independence present a constant challenge to his sometimes unconventional teaching methods. Featuring an outstanding non-professional cast of real teachers and students, Laurent Cantet s gripping and sharply observed film offers a microcosm of contemporary society and explores the issues and challenges of education today. THE WHITE RIBBON -A village in Protestant northern Germany. 1913-1914. On the eve of World War I. The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers. Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?

  • Artificial Eye 40th Anniversary Collection: Volume 2 Oscar Winners [Blu-ray] Artificial Eye 40th Anniversary Collection: Volume 2 Oscar Winners | Blu Ray | (03/10/2016) from £18.99  |  Saving you £31.00 (62.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    A SEPARATION - The stand out film of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Golden Bear, A Separation is a suspenseful and intelligent drama detailing the fractures and tensions at the heart of Iranian society. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the film boasts a range of superb performances from the ensemble cast who collectively received the Silver Bears for both Best Actor and Best Actress at the Berlinale. The compelling narrative is driven by a taut and finely written script rooted in the particular of Iranian society but which transcends its setting to create a stunning morality play with universal resonance. When his wife (Leila Hatami) leaves him, Nader (Peyman Moadi) hires a young woman (Sareh Bayat) to take care of his suffering father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi). But he doesn t know his new maid is not only pregnant, but also working without her unstable husband s (Shahab Hosseini) permission. Soon, Nader finds himself entangled in a web of lies manipulation and public confrontations. THE GREAT BEAUTY - Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome s high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend s wife a woman he loved as an 18-year-old his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes. A dazzling, dizzying, mesmerising and hypnotic cinematic tour-de-force that has drawn comparisons with Italian greats such as La Dolce Vita and La Notte. IDA - Anna is a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Award-winning Polish born director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort - BAFTA award, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this moving and intimate drama. AMOUR - Focusing on the lives of an elderly couple and the strain their relationship undergoes after one of them suffers a mild stroke, AMOUR is one of the most powerfully moving, emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made. From one of, if not the greatest director working today MICHAEL HANEKE. Winner of the 2012 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Hidden (cache) Hidden (cache) | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £3.24  |  Saving you £15.50 (77.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with Hidden (Cache). Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arr

  • The Michael Haneke Collection The Michael Haneke Collection | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £15.49  |  Saving you £24.50 (61.30%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Hidden (aka. Cache) (2005): Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with Hidden (Cache). Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive accompanied by mysterious drawings and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts him the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon their happy home is an emotional battleground leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness. The Time Of The Wolf (2003): Michael Haneke directs this nightmarish vision of a post-apocalyptic world in which society has completely broken down. Isabelle Huppert plays Anne who flees the city with her husband Georges and their two children in the hope of finding safe refuge at the family's country home. But soon after arriving they learn they have made a terrible mistake and must embark on a gruelling odyssey through a country totally devastated by disaster without even the most basic of utilities such as water and electricity. Demonstrating yet again his unique and uncompromising cinematic vision Haneke assembles an all star cast for this typically challenging tense and gripping drama. The Piano Teacher (2001): The Piano Teacher is a powerful and controversial drama from award-winning Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke (Funny Games Code Unknown). Isabelle Huppert gives a performance of astounding emotional intensity as Erika Kohut a repressed woman in her late thirties who teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory and lives with her tyrannical mother (Annie Girardot) with whom she has a volatile love-hate relationship. But when one of Erika's students the handsome and assured Walter Klemmer (Benoit Magimel) attempts to seduce her the barriers that she has carefully erected around her claustrophobic world are shattered unleashing a previously inhibited extreme and uncontrollable desire. Code Unknown (2000): Paris. A very busy boulevard. Someone throws a crumpled piece of paper into the outstretched hands of a beggar-woman. This is the bond which for an instant links the trajectories of several very different characters : Anne a young actress is on the threshold of making it in the cinema. Her boyfriend Georges is a war photographer he is rarely in France. His father is a farmer. Georges' younger brother Jean has no interest in taking over the farm. Amadou is a music teacher in an institute for deaf-mute children. His father a taxi driver originates from Africa. His little sister is deaf and it's because of her that Amadou has chosen his profession. Maria comes from Romania and sends home the money she gets from begging. Having been deported she goes back home to spend some time with her family before embarking on another humiliating journey to France. What do they have in common these characters and those whose path they cross?

  • The White Ribbon [DVD] The White Ribbon | DVD | (15/03/2010) from £7.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Winner of the Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival 2009. In an isolated Protestant village in northern Germany strange accidents occur which gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all? Operating at the peak of his considerable artistic powers master filmmaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games Hidden) has created a rich sinister and utterly compelling mystery set during the years immediately prior to World War I.

  • Happy End [Blu-ray] Happy End | Blu Ray | (26/03/2018) from £11.66  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it's a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Happy End bears all the hallmarks of Haneke's uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it's proof if we ever needed it that he remains one of modern cinema's true visionaries. Read more at https://www.curzonartificialeye.com/happy-end/#HiJoRqmElwrKDZ6e.99

  • Funny Games (US) [DVD] Funny Games (US) | DVD | (29/06/2015) from £7.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (55.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    In this provocative and brutal thriller from director Michael Haneke, a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Over one long night their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive. Remade from his own acclaimed 1997 film, Funny Games is written and directed by Michael Haneke, and stars Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet.

  • The Castle [DVD] The Castle | DVD | (12/11/2012) from £5.79  |  Saving you £8.94 (55.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Michael Haneke's masterful adaptation of Kafka's seminal novel is a chilling existential enquiry into alienation available here for the first time as a stand-alone DVD. A land surveyor is summoned to a remote village by the local government housed in 'The Castle'. But when he arrives he is unable to persuade the locals of his legitimacy and finds himself in an absurd spiral of provincial bureaucracy that soon becomes a surreal all-encompassing nightmare.

  • Time Of The Wolf [2003] Time Of The Wolf | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £8.75  |  Saving you £11.24 (56.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Michael Haneke directs this nightmarish vision of a post-apocalyptic world in which society has completely broken down. Isabelle Huppert plays Anne who flees the city with her husband Georges and their two children in the hope of finding safe refuge at the family's country home. But soon after arriving they learn they have made a terrible mistake and must embark on a gruelling odyssey through a country totally devastated by disaster without even the most basic of utilities such as

  • Amour [DVD] Amour | DVD | (18/03/2013) from £7.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (55.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Focusing on the lives of an elderly couple and the strain their relationship undergoes after one of them suffers a mild stroke, Amour is one of the most powerfully moving, emotionally devastating pieces of cinema ever made. From one of, if not the greatest director working today – Michael Haneke. Winner of the 2012 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • The Films of Michael Haneke (10 discs) [DVD] The Films of Michael Haneke (10 discs) | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £32.99  |  Saving you £42.00 (56.00%)  |  RRP £74.99

    This deluxe box set features ten of Haneke's masterpieces - now including the Palme d'Or-winning 'The White Ribbon' - and follows the sell-out success of 2009's 'Essential Michael Haneke' collection.71 Fragments of a Chronology of ChanceBenny's VideoThe CastleCode UnknownFunny GamesHiddenThe Piano TeacherThe Seventh ContinentTime of the WolfThe White Ribbon

  • Funny Games [DVD] Funny Games | DVD | (25/05/2009) from £7.05  |  Saving you £8.94 (55.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The original version of Michael Haneke's classic exploration of screen violence is an uncompromising sometimes uncomfortable but never less than compelling experience. Arriving at their remote lakeside holiday home a family are alarmed by the unexpected arrival of two young men who soon begin to subject them to a twisted and horrifying ordeal of terror. With characteristic mastery Haneke turns the conventions of the thriller genre upside down and directly challenges the expectations of his audience forcing viewers to question the complacency with which they receive images of casual violence in contemporary cinema.

  • Code Unknown [2001] Code Unknown | DVD | (19/11/2001) from £6.59  |  Saving you £13.40 (67.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the prelude to Code Unknown, we watch as a class of deaf children play a very sophisticated game of charades. In response to a blank-faced girl shrinking slowly against a wall, the children guess: is it sadness, isolation, loneliness? We are not told the answer before director Michael Haneke cuts to the extraordinary opening sequence of the film. This nine-minute tracking shot along a busy Parisian boulevard, introduces the film's central characters: Amadou, a first generation French boy of West African descent; Maria, a Romanian illegal immigrant; and Anne (Juliette Binoche), a French actress, trying to make the leap from theatre to film. However, this is the only time we will see these characters together in one place before the film fractures into a series of vignettes, which slowly describe their lives, their cultural isolation and their search for small moments of beauty within this alienation.Michael Haneke has been credited with reinvigorating and refreshing Austrian cinema with expectation-smashing early films such as Funny Games; if his newest pan-European films are anything to go by, he could be set to do the same for Euro cinema in general. Though Code Unknown is very different from Haneke's Benny's Video or Funny Games, like them this film also implicates and involves the viewer in the guilt of the on-screen characters. Its structure of intricately woven story strands is entirely provocative and stirring--politically, aesthetically and emotionally. It's exactly the type of film you want to watch again and again. As with the players of the opening game of charades, we won't be given any easy answers to questions about our collective guilt in the racism and alienation of an undeniably multicultural, multiethnic Europe. --Tricia Tuttle

  • Hidden/The Beat That My Heart Skipped/Lemming Hidden/The Beat That My Heart Skipped/Lemming | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £10.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (54.20%)  |  RRP £23.99

    Set Comprises: Hidden (Cache): Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive accompanied by mysterious drawings and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts him the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon their happy home is an emotional battleground leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness. Though Haneke's film works first and foremost as an insidious thriller it is also a powerful commentary on the urban paranoia and racism that continue to permeate modern society. Without using a score and keeping his camera detached and static Haneke nonetheless establishes a nearly unbearable level of tension. Not for the squeamish Hidden remains a work of menacing brilliance and was the winner of the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. The Beat My Heart Skipped (De Battre de Mon Coeur C'est Arrete): In this follow-up to his critical success Read My Lips Jacques Audiard has adapted and updated James Toback's cult 1978 noir Fingers to come up with this memorable character study about a young man torn between a life of crime and classical music. Romain Duris in a standout performance portrays the 28 year-old Tom who seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a Parisian property shark working in a sleazy and sometimes brutal milieu. However a chance encounter with his late mother's music agent rekindles a desire for a musical career and hope for a better life. The Beat That My Heart Skipped premiered at Berlin 2005 where it played to enthusiastic audiences and won the Silver Bear for Best Score in addition to securing Best Film Not In The English Language at the 2006 BAFTA ceremony Lemming: Alain (Laurent Lucas) seems to have it all - a beautiful wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) a perfect home and a prestigious new engineering job. But the unexpected sexual attentions of his boss' disconcertingly glacial wife (Charlotte Rampling) and the discovery of a rodent unaccountably stuck in the waste pipe of his kitchen sink spark the beginning of a strange unsettling and sometimes shocking chain of events that disrupts Alain's orderly life and leaves him questioning his own sanity. Featuring a masterfully unnerving performance from Charlotte Rampling the new film from director Dominik Moll (Harry He's Here to Help) is a chillingly suspensful and darkly comic ps

  • Hidden [Blu-ray] [2005] Hidden | Blu Ray | (27/10/2008) from £8.59  |  Saving you £16.40 (65.60%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Writer/director Michael Haneke delivers a masterpiece of unsettlement with Hidden (Cache). Life seems perfect for Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche) a bourgeois Parisian couple who live in a comfortable home with their adolescent son Pierrot (Lester Makedonsky). But when an anonymous videotape turns up on their doorstep showing their house under surveillance from across the street their calm life begins to spiral out of control. Subsequent videotapes arrive accompanied by mysterious drawings and gradually Georges becomes convinced that he's being tormented by a figure from his past. But when he confronts him the man assures Georges he is innocent. A growing sense of guilt begins to rise in Georges as he recalls his less-than-angelic childhood yet for some reason he's unable to be completely honest with Anne. Soon their happy home is an emotional battleground leading to a climax that is breathtaking in its ferocity and ambiguousness. Though Haneke's film works first and foremost as an insidious thriller it is also a powerful commentary on the urban paranoia and racism that continue to permeate modern society. Without using a score and keeping his camera detached and static Haneke nonetheless establishes a nearly unbearable level of tension. Not for the squeamish Hidden remains a work of menacing brilliance and was the winner of the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

  • The White Ribbon [Blu-ray] The White Ribbon | Blu Ray | (15/03/2010) from £10.09  |  Saving you £9.90 (49.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Winner of the Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival 2009 In an isolated Protestant village in northern Germany strange accidents occur which gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all? Operating at the peak of his considerable artistic powers master filmmaker Michael Haneke (Funny Games Hidden) has created a rich sinister and utterly compelling mystery set during the years immediately prior to World War I.

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