Michael Haneke  

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"My films are intended as polemical statements against the American 'barrel down' cinema and its dis-empowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false (because too quick) answers, for clarifying distance in place of violating closeness, for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus."--Film as Catharsis

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Michael Haneke (born 23 March 1942) is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. His work often examines social issues and depicts the feelings of estrangement experienced by individuals in modern society.

His directorial debut, The Seventh Continent, was released in 1989. Later films include The Piano Teacher, Caché, Funny Games, The White Ribbon, Amourand Happy End.

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