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Preview Screening: Happy End

Preview Screening: Happy End

26 Nov 201729 Nov 2017

Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values, set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it's a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst.    

When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) is sent to live with her estranged father's relatives in Calais. The Laurent familywealthy, neurotic and self-obsessedown a lucrative construction company and live in a sprawling mansion house, waited on by servants. But trouble is brewing, as a series of intergenerational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart. Meanwhile, distracted by infidelities and betrayals, they fail to notice that their new arrival has a sinister secret of her own.    

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Happy End bears all the hallmarks of Haneke's uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it's proofif we ever needed itthat he remains one of modern cinema's true visionaries.

Happy End trailer - in cinemas & at home from 1 December

Happy End, dir. Michael Haneke, France 2017, 108 mins

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