Funny Games. Michael Haneke, 1997
Twenty years after, we want to celebrate the production of one of the ghastliest films of all times. We refer to Funny Games, by Michael Haneke and starring Arno Frisch.
The Austrian director, to whom the Festival is paying tribute this year, warned us of the human frailty in front of the horror that we all can experience without even leaving home.
A film that has become a symbol of Haneke’s work and a big classic for the new features of the genre to follow. A major event that the Festival will celebrate with the screening of the film.
Come with us, we’ll play some very funny games together.
Original title: Funny Games
Running time: 108 min.
Director: Michael Haneke
Screenwriter: Michael Haneke
Cinematography: Jürgen Jürges
Cast: Arno Frisch, Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Frank Giering, Stefan Clapczynski, Doris Kunstmann
Production Co.: Wega-Film
Synopsis: Two seemingly well-educated young men, who call each other Paul and Peter among other names, approach a family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbors, and, at the beginning, their true intentions are not known, but soon, the family is imprisoned and tortured in its own house violently, which the viewers are forced mostly to imagine and to share a certain complicity with the criminals. It might be some kind of game with the lives of husband, wife, son, and dog, but why are they doing it?