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Happy End

Happy End

Synopsis

Director

Over a glorious career that has seen him elevated to the pinnacle of international filmmakers, Michael Haneke has demonstrated a cool command of the subjects under his directorial microscope. With "Happy End", the follow-up and partial sequel to 2012's "Amour" — winner of both the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film, among many other honours — the master maintains his trademark control while expanding the previous film's scale considerably. "Amour" was spare in its unblinking concentration on three characters. "Happy End", a bleakly comedic flipside by comparison, expands the story to form a kaleidoscopic portrait of both a family and a society in deep chill.

The ironically titled film follows the antics, meticulously noted, of "Amour's" high-strung Laurent clan. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has taken over the family business from her ailing father, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant). The cast broadens to include Anne's fiancé (Toby Jones), her deadbeat son (Franz Rogowski), her brother (Matthieu Kassovitz), who has just been saddled with his 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage (Fantine Harduin), and a pair of Moroccan servants (Nabiha Akkari, Hassam Ghancy).

The dark side of domestic dynamics continues to haunt Haneke's work in "Happy End". As Anne, prim and proper, tries to keep everything together, she finds she has a worthy foe in the form of her young niece. As things start to spin into chaos, Haneke guides us through another masterpiece of familial dysfunction. - Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival

 

Michael Haneke

(b. 1942, Munich) studied philosophy, psychology and theatre science in Vienna, and is since 1970 independent director and screenwriter. He made his first feature „The Seventh Continent” in 1989, thus shaping his cruel and bold style, which would blossom over the next few years. His greatest success with the critics was in 2001 with the feature „The Piano Teacher” which was screened also in PÖFF. His 12th feature film „The White Ribbon” won Golden Palm in Cannes in 2009 and 13th film "Love" won Oscar for best foreign language feature.

Filmography

  • Der siebente continent (The Seventh Continent, 1989)
  • Benny’s Video (1992)
  • 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, 1994)
  • Funny Games (1997)
  • Das Schloß (The Castle, 1997)
  • Code inconnu (Code Unknown, 2000)
  • La Pianiste (Klaveriõpetaja, PÖFF 2001)
  • Le Temps du loup (Hundi aeg, PÖFF 2003)
  • Caché (Varjatud, PÖFF 2005)
  • Funny Games US (2008)
  • Das weisse Band (Valge lint, PÖFF 2009)
  • Amour (Armastus, PÖFF 2012)
  • Happy End (2017)

Schedule

21.11.2017
19:15 - 21:02
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 052002
Sold out
25.11.2017
22:00 - 23:47
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 090103
Sold out
02.12.2017
19:30 - 21:17
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 160801
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: France, Austria, Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 107 minutes
Languages: French, English
Director: Michael Haneke
Producers: Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
Writer: Michael Haneke
DOP: Christian Berger
Montage: Monika Willi
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski
Productions: Les Films du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool GmbH, Wega Film
Distributor: Must Käsi
Festivals: Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, San Sebastian, Zurich, London

Synopsis

Director

Over a glorious career that has seen him elevated to the pinnacle of international filmmakers, Michael Haneke has demonstrated a cool command of the subjects under his directorial microscope. With "Happy End", the follow-up and partial sequel to 2012's "Amour" — winner of both the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film, among many other honours — the master maintains his trademark control while expanding the previous film's scale considerably. "Amour" was spare in its unblinking concentration on three characters. "Happy End", a bleakly comedic flipside by comparison, expands the story to form a kaleidoscopic portrait of both a family and a society in deep chill.

The ironically titled film follows the antics, meticulously noted, of "Amour's" high-strung Laurent clan. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has taken over the family business from her ailing father, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant). The cast broadens to include Anne's fiancé (Toby Jones), her deadbeat son (Franz Rogowski), her brother (Matthieu Kassovitz), who has just been saddled with his 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage (Fantine Harduin), and a pair of Moroccan servants (Nabiha Akkari, Hassam Ghancy).

The dark side of domestic dynamics continues to haunt Haneke's work in "Happy End". As Anne, prim and proper, tries to keep everything together, she finds she has a worthy foe in the form of her young niece. As things start to spin into chaos, Haneke guides us through another masterpiece of familial dysfunction. - Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival

 

Michael Haneke

(b. 1942, Munich) studied philosophy, psychology and theatre science in Vienna, and is since 1970 independent director and screenwriter. He made his first feature „The Seventh Continent” in 1989, thus shaping his cruel and bold style, which would blossom over the next few years. His greatest success with the critics was in 2001 with the feature „The Piano Teacher” which was screened also in PÖFF. His 12th feature film „The White Ribbon” won Golden Palm in Cannes in 2009 and 13th film "Love" won Oscar for best foreign language feature.

Filmography

  • Der siebente continent (The Seventh Continent, 1989)
  • Benny’s Video (1992)
  • 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, 1994)
  • Funny Games (1997)
  • Das Schloß (The Castle, 1997)
  • Code inconnu (Code Unknown, 2000)
  • La Pianiste (Klaveriõpetaja, PÖFF 2001)
  • Le Temps du loup (Hundi aeg, PÖFF 2003)
  • Caché (Varjatud, PÖFF 2005)
  • Funny Games US (2008)
  • Das weisse Band (Valge lint, PÖFF 2009)
  • Amour (Armastus, PÖFF 2012)
  • Happy End (2017)