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Born: March 23, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Munich, Bavaria, , DE Profession: director, screenwriter, playwright

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Despite his bleak and often masochistic view of humanity, Austrian-born filmmaker Michael Haneke has nonetheless established himself as one of Europe's most important, albeit controversial directors. Ever since his emergence with "The Seventh Continent" (1989), a deeply disturbing look at soul-crushing domesticity, Haneke established himself as a director unafraid to explore the darkest recesses of human nature. But it was "Funny Games" (1997), a shocking examination of society's complicity in media violence, that brought Haneke to the fore, earning him both praise and scorn for his often overindulgent depictions of brutality. He earned several awards and nominations for "The Piano Teacher" (2002), perhaps one of the most detailed studies of sexual deviancy ever filmed, which propelled Haneke onto the international stage. With his shot-for-shot remake of "Funny Games" (2008) for English-speaking audiences, and the back-to-back Palme d'Or winners "The White Ribbon" (2009) and "Amour" (2012), Haneke introduced himself to a wider array of fans and detractors who were in mutual agreement that he was the crown prince of cinematic darkness.

Despite his bleak and often masochistic view of humanity, Austrian-born filmmaker Michael Haneke has nonetheless established himself as one of Europe's most important, albeit controversial directors. Ever since his emergence with "The Seventh Continent" (1989), a deeply disturbing look at soul-crushing domesticity, Haneke established himself as a director unafraid to explore the darkest recesses of human nature. But it was "Funny Games" (1997), a shocking examination of society's complicity in media violence, that brought Haneke to the fore, earning him both praise and scorn for his often overindulgent depictions of brutality. He earned several awards and nominations for "The Piano Teacher" (2002), perhaps one of the most detailed studies of sexual deviancy ever filmed, which propelled Haneke onto the international stage. With his shot-for-shot remake of "Funny Games" (2008) for English-speaking audiences, and the back-to-back Palme d'Or winners "The White Ribbon" (2009) and "Amour" (2012), Haneke introduced himself to a wider array of fans and detractors who were in mutual agreement that he was the crown prince of cinematic darkness.

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  Funny Games (2007)
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  Cache (2005)
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  Time of the Wolf (2003) Director
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  Piano Teacher, The (2001) Director
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  Code Unknown (2000) Director
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  Funny Games (1997) Director
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  Castle, The (1997) Director
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  Lumiere Et Compagnie (1996) Featured Director

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With family, moved from Germany to Austria after WWII
1967:
Began working as a writer and producer for S├╝dwestfunk, Bavaria's equivalent of BBC
1974:
Helmed first TV movie "After Liverpool" (S├╝dwestfunk); also co-wrote
1989:
Made film directorial and writing debut with "The Seventh Continent"; film was first in trilogy
1992:
Directed follow-up feature "Benny's Video"
1994:
Finished trilogy with grisly drama "71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance"
1997:
Helmed controversial thriller "Funny Games," about a family sadistically tortured by two young men; also wrote screenplay
2001:
Directed Isabelle Huppert in erotic drama "The Piano Teacher"; received Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
2007:
Directed shot-by-shot English language remake of "Funny Games," starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Michael Pitt
2009:
Won Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival for "The White Ribbon"
2012:
Wrote and directed "Amour," about an octogenarian couple played by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva
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