Funny Games (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Funny Games 2007

Directed by Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher) channels his anger with mainstream media depiction of violence into a horrific and highly entertaining piece of cinema. Starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth.

France / Germany / UK / USA In English
108 minutes

Director, Screenplay


Darius Khondji


Monika Willi


Naomi Watts
Tim Roth
Michael Pitt
Brady Corbett
Devon Gearhart


London 2007; Sundance 2008


Naomi Watts and Tim Roth star as a picture perfect couple on a lakeside vacation with their son. Their idyllic life is shattered when a pair of polite yet psychopathic house guests announce themselves... Austrian auteur Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher) literally returns to his old stomping ground in this shot-for-shot remake of his incendiary 1997 classic Funny Games. The home-invasion plot and its attendant brutalisation are used to turn the tables on the viewer, taunting our appetite for on-screen sadism as vicarious entertainment. A decade on, the remake is as gruelling to watch as the original, and the message is undiluted. Preying upon middle-class paranoia, Haneke‘s disintegration of the cinematic fourth wall is both masterful and manipulative. Funny Games is a real audience divider, a thought provoking love-it-or-hate-it experience that shoots you in the eye as you squirm in your seat. — MS