“If I were to explain things myself and offer an interpretation [of my films] then this would automatically reduce the spectator’s ability to find their own answers. My films are offerings, I invite the audience to deal with them, think about them and reflect upon them and, ultimately, to find their own answers. I also think that an author doesn’t always necessarily know what he intends and what the meaning is behind his work. For example, I am always amazed by the many theses and books I read about myself, all of which reveal what I supposedly wanted to express in my films or was supposed to have dealt with. I strongly believe it would be very counterproductive for the audience if I were to answer the questions I am raising in my films, because then no one would have to think about them.”
Michael HanekeBorn March 23, 1942

If I were to explain things myself and offer an interpretation [of my films] then this would automatically reduce the spectator’s ability to find their own answers. My films are offerings, I invite the audience to deal with them, think about them and reflect upon them and, ultimately, to find their own answers. I also think that an author doesn’t always necessarily know what he intends and what the meaning is behind his work. For example, I am always amazed by the many theses and books I read about myself, all of which reveal what I supposedly wanted to express in my films or was supposed to have dealt with. I strongly believe it would be very counterproductive for the audience if I were to answer the questions I am raising in my films, because then no one would have to think about them.”

Michael Haneke
Born March 23, 1942

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Michael Haneke accepting the Palme d’Or for Amour at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Michael Haneke accepting the Palme d’Or for Amour at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Looks like Amour is now the film to beat at Cannes 2012.

Michael Haneke, Alexandre Tharaud, Emmanuelle Riva, and Jean-Louis Trintignant at the Amour photocall at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Caché // dir. Michael Haneke

Caché // dir. Michael Haneke

Caché // dir. Michael Haneke

Caché // dir. Michael Haneke

The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band) // Michael Haneke

The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band) // Michael Haneke