Exclusive clip from Michael Haneke's upcoming Funny Games (April 4th)
25th Mar 08
We've been looking forward to this film ever since David Hall's blistering review from when he saw the film back in 2007 at the London Film Festival (the first online review anywhere - read it here).
Michael (Hidden) Haneke's remake of his classic provocative and brutal thriller Funny Games finally sees a UK nationwide release on April 4th from Tartan, and if you have any interest in screen violence whatsoever, then you really need to check this film out.
A literal shot-for-shot remake of his own acclaimed 1997 film, Funny Games is Haneke's attempt to bring his hard-hitting moral messages to a wider mainstream audience.
With the use of some Hollywood money and top actors such as Naomi Watts (her appearance was one of Haneke's main requirements for making the film) and Tim Roth, Haneke has finally been able to bring his vision to an English-speaking audience;
Michael Haneke - "When I first envisioned FUNNY GAMES in the middle of the 90s, it was my intention to have an American audience watch the movie. It is a reaction to a certain American Cinema, its violence, its naiveté, the way American Cinema toys with human beings. In many American films violence is made consumable.
However, because it was a foreign language film and because the actors were not familiar to a US audience, it did not reach its audience."
All that is about to change. Scroll below for an exclusive clip - A User's Guide to Home Invasion...
The vacation begins with Anna, George and their son Georgie on their way to their summer home. The neighbors, Fred and Eva, are already there. They make a date to play golf the next morning. It’s a perfect day.
Anna begins to make dinner, while her husband and son are busy with the newly renovated sailboat. Suddenly, Anna finds herself face to face with a polite young man, the neighbors’ guest Peter, who has come to ask for some eggs because Eva has run out. Anna is about to give Peter the eggs, but hesitates. How did he get onto their property? Peter explains that there’s a hole in the fence – Fred showed it to him.
Things seem strange from the beginning. Soon, violence erupts. The thriller follows the rules of its genre, providing the deliverance that allows the audience to feel comfortable watching the film.