Magazine article Screen International

Michael Haneke’s Calais-Set 'Happy End' Secures Deals as Shoot Begins

Magazine article Screen International

Michael Haneke’s Calais-Set 'Happy End' Secures Deals as Shoot Begins

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Paris-based Les Films du Losange has unveiled pre-sales on Michael Haneke's next film Happy End as the first day of shooting begins in the northern French region of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais today.

Few details on the production have been revealed publicly bar that the film will revolve around a well-offFrench family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.

As previously reported by one French media outlet, Matthieu Kassovitz has recently joined the cast which also features the previously announced Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert as well as a host of younger new faces.

A number of distributors who released Haneke's 2013 Palme d'Or and Oscar-winning Amour - which made $34m at global box office - have signed up for Austrian director's latest work.

In Europe, it has sold to the UK (Curzon/Artificial Eye), Austria (Filmladen), (Benelux (Cinéart), Denmark (Camera Film), Germany (X Verleih),Greece (Rosebud), Norway (Arthaus), Poland (Gutek), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), ex-Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom), Sweden (Folkets Bio) and Romania (Independenta). …

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