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Michael Haneke

  • The White Ribbon [DVD] The White Ribbon | DVD | (15/03/2010) from £8.48  |  Saving you £7.51 (47.00%)  |  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.

  • Hidden (cache) Hidden (cache) | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £5.99  |  Saving you £13.51 (67.60%)  |  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 Films of Michael Haneke (10 discs) [DVD] The Films of Michael Haneke (10 discs) | DVD | (07/11/2011) from £31.01  |  Saving you £43.98 (58.60%)  |  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

  • Amour [DVD] Amour | DVD | (18/03/2013) from £6.48  |  Saving you £9.51 (59.50%)  |  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.

  • Funny Games [DVD] Funny Games | DVD | (25/05/2009) from £6.86  |  Saving you £9.04 (56.50%)  |  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.

  • The Piano Teacher [2001] The Piano Teacher | DVD | (23/04/2013) from £6.48  |  Saving you £13.51 (67.60%)  |  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

  • Hidden [Blu-ray] [2005] Hidden | Blu Ray | (27/10/2008) from £8.48  |  Saving you £16.51 (66.10%)  |  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 £8.65  |  Saving you £11.34 (56.70%)  |  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.

  • Funny Games (US) [Blu-ray] Funny Games (US) | Blu Ray | (29/06/2015) from £7.13  |  Saving you £12.86 (64.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Arriving at their remote lakeside holiday home, a middle-class 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, Michael 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.

  • 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance [DVD] 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance | DVD | (25/05/2009) from £8.20  |  Saving you £5.90 (36.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Haneke's articulate critique of the isolating effects of western society the media and television in particular is composed of an intricate series of unrelated scenes culminating in an apparently motiveless act of violence. Perfectly paced and executed Haneke's skilful weaving of these tableaux into a coherent and compelling whole is mesmerising and strangely beautiful.

  • Funny Games Funny Games | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £9.97  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  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.

  • The Michael Haneke Collection The Michael Haneke Collection | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £13.99  |  Saving you £26.00 (65.00%)  |  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 Castle [DVD] The Castle | DVD | (12/11/2012) from £6.95  |  Saving you £9.04 (56.50%)  |  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.

  • Hidden/The Beat That My Heart Skipped/Lemming Hidden/The Beat That My Heart Skipped/Lemming | DVD | (03/12/2007) from £10.00  |  Saving you £13.99 (58.30%)  |  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

  • Funny Games [1997] Funny Games | DVD | (26/06/2006) from £6.99  |  Saving you £-2.98 (-37.30%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Funny Games is a thriller that will take you beyond terror beyond suspense beyond evil... Michael Haneke's astounding terrifying thriller returns to DVD in this digitally remastered collector's edition. Anna George and their son are about to begin a holiday that they will never forget. Two young psychopathic outsiders invade their remote lakeside home and announce that none of the family will be alive in nine hours time. The men Peter and Paul embark on a twisted campa

  • The Michael Haneke Trilogy The Michael Haneke Trilogy | DVD | (04/12/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £39.99

    The Seventh Continent (1989): Described by Haneke as a reflection on ""the progressive emotional glaciation of Austria "" The Seventh Continent focuses on George (Dieter Berner) a middling engineer and his sardonic wife Anna (Birgit Doll). Unable to empathize with their daughter's compulsion for lying and uninterested in each other's emotional well-being the couple turns their pedestrian way of life into a vortex of subjective malaise. And while a recurring ad for an Australian vacation stands as a signal of potential blissfulness the couple's perfunctory melancholy eventually materialized into barbarism. Based on a true story and filmed as a succession of beautifully composed and yet mundane tableaux this unsentimental depiction of individual and family collapse ""ranks among the most truly terrifying in modern cinema"" (Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune). More than a metaphor of hope and escape The Seventh Continent is a meticulous dive into the postmodern disregard of affect - and a stark look at lives severed from feelings. Benny's Video (1993): Winner of the FIPRESCI award given by the International Federation of Film Critics in 1993 Benny's Video is the second installment of Michael Haneke's (The Piano Teacher Cache) ""emotional glaciation"" trilogy. Written and directed by Haneke the bone-chilling story opens with the amateur footage of a pig being slaughtered with a butcher gun. This unceremonious recording is owned by 14-year-old Benny (Arno Frisch; Haneke's Funny Gamers) a boy whose preferred mediums of experience are video cameras action movies and the surveillance monitors placed in his room. Accustomed to a trite routine of school activities daily visits to a local video store and hours in front of his bedroom TV Benny finds himself enthralled by his tape of a slaughtered swing. Staying alone is his parents' apartment Benny eventually brings home an unknown girl immediately exposing her to the rapturous videotaping. Then after revealing that he stole the gun that took the pig's life Benny coldly shoots his guest and turns his unwrought curiosity into a slaughter video franchise. ""I once saw a TV program about the tricks they use in action films "" says Benny. ""It's all ketchup and plastic."" By colliding the differences between frames and flesh Haneke's sophomore theatrical release offers a lucid depiction of human beings deprived of their capacity to empathize with - and be hurt by - others. 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance (1994): With his signature cold cerebral style his long slow takes and meticulous action Austrian director Michael Haneke presents a series of isolated scenes of unrelated people that culminates in an act of sudden and senseless violence in a bank. 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance delves into some of the prevalent themes of Haneke's earlier films The Seventh Continent and Benny's Video: existential isolation the oppressive force of contemporary western civilization the effects of television on human experience and sudden inscrutable violence. Similar to Antonioni Haneke has become one of the contemporary cinema's greatest provocateurs deliberately withholding crucial information and denying any audience expectation. The eerie and beautiful 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance hovers between a terrible nihilism and a tenuous humanism.

  • Benny's Video [DVD] Benny's Video | DVD | (25/05/2009) from £8.65  |  Saving you £7.34 (45.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke's disturbing film portrays the alienation of a young boy whose experience of the world is refracted through the lens of his video camera and his television screen. Arno Frisch later to play one of the psychopathic young men in Funny Games plays the 14 year-old Benny who brings a girl home to his parents' empty apartment where he commits a shocking act of casual violence. As with his later 'Funny Games' Haneke poses provocative and challenging questions about voyeurism and depictions of violence.

  • Amour [Blu-ray] Amour | Blu Ray | (18/03/2013) from £8.39  |  Saving you £11.60 (58.00%)  |  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.

  • Code Unknown [2001] Code Unknown | DVD | (19/11/2001) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  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

  • Funny Games [DVD] [2007] Funny Games | DVD | (05/04/2010) from £4.85  |  Saving you £5.14 (51.50%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A couple are terrorised by two psychopaths at their holiday home in the secluded Hamptons. Starring Naomi Watts (Painted Veil King Kong The Ring) & Oscar-nominated Tim Roth (Lie to Me Reservoir Dogs). Written and Directed by Michael Haneke (a remake of his original).

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