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  • Writer's pictureVincent Quek

Michael Haneke Retrospective and HAPPY END

We've been real busy this post-SGIFF season putting together the final touches of our main event coming up (oh you think we was done at SGIFF?!)

Along with our co-organisers Alliance Française de Singapour and the Goethe-Institut of Singapore, with support from the Austrian Embassy of Singapur, we are so proud to present Southeast Asia's first ever Michael Haneke retrospective!!

Who dis Michael Haneke? Well, he's only the living legend who made FUNNY GAMES; THE WHITE RIBBON; THE PIANO TEACHER; HIDDEN; CODE UNKNOWN etc. etc. and of course everyone's favourite weepie AMOUR. He's the two-time winning Palm d'Or filmmaker, Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, he's basically the GOAT.

Michael Haneke. Or the GOAT. © Brigitte Lacombe

So we have 10 films in the Retrospective, and you can read more details here. I'm also just gonna get this out of the way - no we are not showing THE PIANO TEACHER, arguably one of the finest films in his filmography, because the Board of Film Censors requested cuts to a segment of the film which we obviously refused to make so instead of showing this cut version we decided to take it out of the program entirely. It was a painful decision but ultimately we figure you can probably get your hands on the uncut version somehow - (for example this excellent Criterion release.) We are also not showing FUNNY GAMES U.S. because it is basically a shot-for-shot remake of the German original (which we *are* showing.)

Instead of THE PIANO TEACHER, we'll show a rarely-seen documentary called MICHAEL H. PROFESSION: DIRECTOR made in 2013 after AMOUR by a French director called Yves Montmayeur. It is an opportunity to witness a master at work, and we think it is an excellent way to welcome his latest film... BUM BUM TAA DAH!!


So yes, to round up our Retrospective, we will usher in the Singapore Premiere of HAPPY END, Michael Haneke's latest which world premiered In Competition at Festival de Cannes 2017. Tickets are already available. Get them when the gettin's still good!

And for tickets to the Retrospective, you can get them here. Some very fancy Retrospective programs for our Haneke Retrospective will be distributed at all good art centres soon, and of course at the front-of-house of our retrospective screenings. 

Get excited for a very depressing January 2018! In the meantime, don't miss our films GOOD TIME; THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER and THE SQUARE opening 22 December 2017, 4 January 2018 and 18 January 2018 respectively. 

We'll see you at the movies!


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