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That’s a wrap in Northern France for Happy End by Michael Haneke

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- The two-time Palme d'Or winner has wrapped the Northern French part of the shoot for his new film starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant

That’s a wrap in Northern France for Happy End by Michael Haneke
Director Michael Haneke

If you were to predict the identities of the films that should most easily be able to get hold of a ticket for the official competition of the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May 2017), Happy End by Austrian director Michael Haneke would undoubtedly sit at the top of that list. This week, the filmmaker is due to finish the Northern French tranche (which kicked off on 27 June and has been taking place in Douai, Calais and Dunkirk) of the shoot for his 12th feature, which will also include a number of scenes set to be filmed at the end of August in the department of Var. The cast includes veteran actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (winner of the 2013 César Award for Best Actor for Amour [+see also:
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interview: Michael Haneke
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]
), Isabelle Huppert (Best Actress at Cannes in 1978 and 2001, nominated 13 times for the César Award for Best Actress, Volpi Cup at Venice in 1988 and 1995, putting on a fine performance this year in Things to Come [+see also:
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film profile
]
and Elle [+see also:
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]
) and Mathieu Kassovitz (nominated for the 2003 César Award for Best Actor for Amen, and popular more recently in Wild Life [+see also:
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). 

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Written by the director himself, the story of Happy End revolves around the life of a middle-class family in Northern France who are faced with a number of setbacks but pay little attention to the dire situation in the refugee camps just a few miles away from their house.

Having won the Palme d'Or in 2009 and 2012 with The White Ribbon [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile
]
and Amour (which also snagged the 2013 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, among countless other accolades), respectively, Haneke also pocketed the Best Director Award on the Croisette in 2005 with Hidden [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Margaret Menegoz
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile
]
and the Grand Prize there in 2001 with The Piano Teacher (which also won the Best Actor and Actress Awards). The filmmaker took part in the Cannes competition with Funny Games in 1997 and Code Unknown in 2000, and presented The Time of the Wolf out of competition in 2003, after being showcased three times in the Directors’ Fortnight (The Seventh Continent in 1989, Benny's Video in 1992 and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance in 1997).

Produced by Margaret Menegoz for Paris-based outfit Les Films du Losange, Happy End is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, German firm X Filme Creative Pool and Austria’s Wega Film. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, the feature also boasts backing from the Eurimages fund, the CNC’s advance on receipts, Pictanovo and the French-German mini co-production treaty. Its distribution in France and its international sales are being managed by Les Films du Losange, and more than 20 territories have already pre-purchased Happy End.

(Translated from French)

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