Michael Haneke

This Austrian director/screenwriter was born in 1942. After his studies in Vienna he started working for the Südwestfunk (ARD) and since 1970, Haneke has been a freelance director and screenwriter and is responsible for some of the most well-known and successful films of the last 20 years. He has won numerous awards for his work, including one Oscar. In 2001, he received the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for LA PIANISTE (among many other European and International awards). The thriller CACHÉ with Juliette Binoche was honored with prizes such as Critics Prize in Cannes 2003, Director’s Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize as well as Best European Film and Best European Director at the European Film Awards in Berlin 2005. More of Haneke’s works include DAS WEISSE BAND (Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film & Goldene Palme in Cannes), WOLFZEIT, FUNNY GAMES, DER SIEBENTE KONTINENT and CODE - UNBEKANNT. In 2010, Haneke thrilled the world with his cinematic masterpiece AMOUR, a touching film about love and death with the sublime actors Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. AMOUR received countless awards: Goldene Palme in Cannes 2012, Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, César for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film Award at the New York Film Critic’s Awards, to only name a few.