Michael Haneke biography
Date of Birth: March 23, 1942
The son of German director/actor Fritz Haneke and actress Beatrix Degenschild, Michael Haneke was born
in Munich, Germany and raised in the city of Wiener Neustadt, Austria. He studied philosophy, psychology
and theater at the University of Vienna before becoming a theater playwright, screenwriter and director.
He has worked on theater productions in Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and
Vienna, as well as working in television for 21 years before moving to film directing. His first feature was
The Seventh Continent in 1989, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the
Ernest Artaria Award at the Lorcarno International Film Festival.
At the Cannes Film Festival, awards Haneke has won include the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for
Code Unknown (2000), Grand Prize of the Jury for The Piano Teacher
(2001), FIPRESCI prize and Best Director for Caché (2005), the FIPRESCI prize and Palme D'or for The White Ribbon (2009) and the Palme d'Or for Amour (2012).
Also for Amour, he received his first Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best
Director, Best Original Screenplay and a Best Actress nod for his leading actress Emmanuelle Riva in
Nicknamed Slappy, Haneke is reportedly known for his short outbursts of violence. When not directing or
writing, he also teaches directing at the Vienna Film Academy. He has been a member of AMPAS since
2008. Married, he has four children with his wife, Suzanne.
The White Ribbon
Funny Games U.S. (2007)
Le temps du loup (2003)
The Piano Teacher
The Seventh Continent
Michael Haneke Filmography