Monday, January 29, 2018

The Book of Haneke

Most of the headlines attaching themselves to the news that Austrian provocateur (listen if I could be legitimately described as a "provocateur" I'd want people to use that word whenever I was mentioned) Michael Haneke has decided to make a ten-part television series his next project have been along the lines of, "All the auteurs are doing TV now -- it's a revolution!" Which is a hip thing to say! Be hip, by all means. But that ignores the fact that Michael Haneke spent the first 20 years of his career making television, so this isn't exactly as groundbreaking as it was for, say, Woody Allen to work with Amazon. 

Anyway Haneke hasn't made anything for TV since he adapted Franz Kafka's The Castle in 1997 so this does mark a change for the director, and ten full hours is much longer than anything he did for TV before. The miniseries is called Kelvin's Book and here's how Deadline describes it:

"The English language, ten-part, high concept series is set in a dystopian world and will tell the adventurous story of a group of young people in a not too distant future. During a flight, they are forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home and are confronted with the actual face of their home country for the first time."

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