After an unusually lengthy delay, The Conversations series is back with, well, an usually long discussion – even by our unusually long standards. This edition’s subject is Michael Haneke. His latest film is the talk of Cannes. But you’re probably not there, so how about reading about his previous features: The Seventh Continent (1989), Benny’s Video (1992), 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994), Funny Games (1997), Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys (2000), The Piano Teacher (2001), Time of the Wolf (2003), Cache (2005) and The White Ribbon (2009). Haneke’s films can be a challenge to endure – often by design – but they provide much to discuss: lingering long takes of banal activity; cruelty to animals; cruelty to characters; hopelessness; hopefulness and more. As usual, Ed Howard and I invite you to head on over to The House Next Door and tell us what we missed in the comments. It’ll probably take you a while to get through the piece, but that’s OK. We’ll wait.
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