Born in 1942 in Munich. His mother was an actress, his father both actor and director. Soon after the WWII the family moved to settle in Vienna. Michael Haneke studied psychology, philosophy and theatrology. He was a film critic, and worked in theatres and television.
His big screen debut in 1989 was The Seventh Continent. After eight years came his first international success with Funny Games. The position of the master of European cinema was ensured with such films as Code Unknown…, The Piano Teacher and Hidden. Many of his films were presented in Cannes, where they obtained The Golden Palm, Jury Special Prize, Special Mention for directing or FIPRESCI Prize. He received several nominations for European Film Awards.
1974 After Liverpool (TV)
1984 Wer war Edgar Allan?
1989 Der Siebente Kontinent / The Seventh Continent
1994 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls / 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
1997 Das Schloß / The Castle
1997 Funny Games
2000 Code inconnu: Récit incomplet / Code Uknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys
2001 La Pianiste / The Piano Player
2003 Le Tempes du Loup / The Time of the Wolf
2005 Caché / Hidden
2007 Funny Games U.S.
2009 Das weiße Band / The White Ribbon