Michael Haneke Abandons His Project About The Elderly
I'm a recent convert to Michael Haneke, having loathed his American remake of his film Funny Games but completely adored The White Ribbon, which is representing Germany in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category and may very well win. And while I would look forward to whatever the irascible Austrian auteur came up with next, I must admit: I'm kind of glad he's spared us what his next project was supposed to be.
Described as an exploration of the "humiliation and physical deterioration of the age," Haneke's next film was intended to be in French, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert, and filming this summer. According to Screen Daily, though, Haneke got wind of a similar project taking place in Canada, and decided to move on to something else.
The next project is apparently "about the Internet," and will be filming all over the world. Sounds like a huge change of pace, but also ripe subject matter for a director who seems interested in exploring all the myriad ways in which humans can be horrible to one another. Where better to find evidence of that than in any given comments section?
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