8 November 2009

11am screening at the Renoir Cinema, London map

Michael Haneke, Italy/Germany/France 2005
English subtitles, 118 mins

The complacency of a middle class couple in Paris is shattered by a long-suppressed revelation. The static opening shot, which lasts for several minutes, is of the exterior of a house in a quiet Parisian neighbourhood. The credits are gradually typed across the screen, passers-by come and go in the frame, and we hear voices on the soundtrack. The image is then fast forwarded: we’ve actually been watching a surveillance tape, and Haneke is quickly warning us to treat with suspicion the ‘reality’ of what we are being shown.

The screening will be followed with a discussion led by Catherine Wheatley, author of Michael Haneke’s Cinema: The Ethic of the Image and Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham

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