Over the past two-and-a-half decades, director Michael Haneke has established himself as a towering figure in modern cinema. This career-spanning documentary charts the Austrian auteur’s body of work in reverse chronological order, from the recent Oscar®-winning film Amour through his feature debut, The Seventh Continent, to present a fascinating investigation into the mind of a consummate professional at work.
With unprecedented access to the filmmaker and his work on set, director Yves Montmayeur—who has shot several making-of features for Haneke—illuminates the works of the artist on his own terms and sheds light on the sacred intimacy of his creative process. Through behind-the-scenes footage of Haneke’s hands-on and surprisingly playful directing style, analysis of scenes from films across his oeuvre and interviews with frequent collaborators including Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche, a portrait emerges of the man whose rigorous focus on the craft of filmmaking has produced works of profound artistry.
YVES MONTMAYEUR’s documentaries focus on cinema and directors, most often from Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. His recent directorial credits include Pinku Eiga: Inside the Pleasure Dome of Japanese Erotic Cinema and Johnnie Got His Gun! on Hong Kong director Johnnie To. He regularly contributes to the television magazine Tracks and moderates Cannes Film Festival press conferences.
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