In his new film, Oscar-winning Michael Haneke tells the story of the entrepreneurial Laurent family from Calais in the north of France.
»In Happy End, people kill, hurt, deceive, and remain silent. They can’t help it. They stand side by side yet do not come into contact, they are not truly aware of each other or find each other tedious or embarrassing. Everyone is lonely, and they all remain strangers to each other. When they think they love each other, they write about sex and destruction in the blue light of a computer screen.« These are Ferdinand von Schirach’s impressions while watching Michael Haneke’s new film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and will be released in German-language cinemas in autumn 2017. »Art,« continues Schirach, »must be uncompromising, and I know of no other artist who makes fewer compromises than Michael Haneke.« With precision, unsentimentally and free of clichés: that is how Haneke directs his lead actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert and that is how he orchestrates this major cinematic film.