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FUNNY GAMES

by Michael Haneke

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?

original title: Funny Games
country: Austria
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 1997
genre: fiction
directed by: Michael Haneke
film run: 108'
release date: FR 14/05/1997, DE 11/09/1997, CH 07/11/1997, TR 12/12/1997, SE 29/01/1998, BE 04/02/1998, NL 05/02/1998, NO 06/02/1998, PT 25/02/1998, ES 05/03/1998, PL 20/03/1998, DK 24/04/1998, IT 02/07/1998, FI 22/08/1998, UK 30/10/1998, LV 01/01/1999, IS 16/01/1999, RU 22/01/1999, EE 01/10/1999, HU 03/10/2002, CZ 19/03/2004
screenplay: Michael Haneke
cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch
cinematography by: Jürgen Jürges
film editing: Andreas Prochaska
art director: Christoph Kanter
costumes designer: Lisy Christl
producer: Veit Heiduschka
executive producer: Veit Heiduschka

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