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FUNNY GAMES

Director: michael haneke

109 minutes, Austria, 1997, Subtitled, Colour, 35mm


Film critic and journalist Paul Byrne will introduce the screening.

Although he had been directing for over 20 years previously, it was with Funny Games that Michael Haneke first broke through to wide acclaim. This story of two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them sadistically for no apparent reason was hugely controversial on its release, prompting the director to make personal appearances before audiences to discuss the film, including a visit to the IFI in 1998.

The film remains shocking and thought-provoking, and Haneke has become one of the greats of contemporary European cinema, a filmmaker whose work we always look forward to showing at the IFI. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

This film is screening as part of 20/20: Landmark Films at the IFI which is part of IFI20: Celebrating 20 Years in Temple Bar.

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