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Special: Kafka Meets Film

THE CASTLE

 

Director_ Michael HANEKE
 
Austria, Germany 1997 123min DCP color feature
Review

The Castle is one of Haneke’s hidden masterpieces. K, a surveyer, arrives in a small town. His assistants follow the next day. He makes several attempts to reach the castle but he repeatedly fails. He spends some time wandering in the town.
The film is amazingly faithful to the original. The scenes in which K gets lost in the snow, or his affairs with women he comes across, are vivid enough, as if they are directly moved from the original work. In terms of the vagueness of the community atmosphere, it resembles that of The White Ribbons, his later work. It is worth pointing out that he directed Funny Games that must be his most outrageous work in the same year. It seems natural that the major roles for Funny Games were played by those in this film.
The intriguing part is that this film shows how Austrian culture understands Kafka. Whereas Kafka presented a man anxious of the unknown space called the castle, Haneke obsessively and cynically depicted the fate of a man who never reaches there.

CREDIT
  • DirectorMichael HANEKE
  • ScreenplayMichael HANEKE
  • CinematographyJiri STIBR
  • EditorAndreas PROCHASKA
  • SoundMarc PARISOTTO, Max VORNEHM
  • Art DirectorChristoph KANTER
CastUlrich MUHE, Susanne LOTHAR, Frank GIERING
DIRECTOR
Michael HANEKE
 
Born in Austria in 1942, Michael Haneke studied philosophy, psychology and theatre. Between 1967 and 1970 he worked as a playwright at Sudwestfunk. Since 1970, as a freelance director and screenplay writer, he produced theatre productions in Germany and Vienna. In 1989, his debut The Seventh Continent brought him international acclaim and he became a sensation with Funny Games in 1997. In 2012, his latest film Amour won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival again.
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