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Hidden

Michael Haneke
Caché
France, Austria, Germany, Italy 2005 / 118’
Agnieszka Holland's choice

A sense of unease starts creeping into the seemingly perfect life of a well-to-do married couple named Georges (Daniel Auteuil) and Anne (Juliette Binoche). Someone has been sending them video cassettes with recordings of their house in Paris, their son's school, and Georges' family home in the countryside. They begin to feel like they are being watched more and more closely watched, but it remains unclear who is doing the watching and why. This threatening situation takes a toll on their relationship, poisoning their their family and professional lives. Dressed up to look like a thriller, Michael Haneke's film deals not only with the middle-class fear of losing one's privacy and possessions, but also goes much deeper, raising questions of just how much is determined by one's origins and childhood, and taking on the issue of the collective responsibility of the French for the massacre of Algerians in 1961, and perhaps that of all Europeans for colonialism and its effects. One of the great masterpieces of this century, Hidden won five European Film Academy awards, and Haneke was named best director at the Cannes Film Festival.

Adam Kruk

awards

Cannes IFF 2005 - Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; European Film Awards 2005 - Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor, Best Actor

Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke is one of the most distinguished filmmakers in the world of contemporary cinema. He has won a number of European Film Academy awards and an Academy Award. He is also a two-time winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes for The White Ribbon and Amour. An Austrian born in Munich, he has also worked in television (since 1974) and theater, having staged works by Strindberg, Goethe, and von Kleist. Since his 1989 debut, Haneke has been making films in Austria, France, and the United States, and he has become a master of penetrating analysis and criticism of what goes on behind closed doors in our welfare societies.

Selected filmography

1989 Siódmy kontynent / Der siebente Kontinent / The Seventh Continent

2000 Kod nieznany / Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages / Code Unknown

2001 Pianistka / La Pianiste / The Piano Teacher

2009 Biała wstążka / Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte / White Ribbon

2012 Miłość / Amour

Cast & Crew

director Michael Haneke
screenplay Michael Haneke
cinematography Christian Berger
editing Michael Hudecek, Nadine Muse
cast Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Annie Girardot, Maurice Bénichou
producer Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz
production France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Bavaria Film, Wega Film
Polish distributor Monolith Films
language French
colouration colour