Way back in 2009 at The New York Film Festival, a drool worthy conversation took place between Michael Haneke (who was doing the rounds for “The White Ribbon“) and Darren Aronofsky at Lincoln Center. If you weren’t there, well, you missed it. Thankfully, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center has gone into the archives to dig up the talk and put it online, and needless to say, this is a must listen for any cinephile.
Haneke is in the hot seat for the discussion and fields questions while Aronofsky and others probe the director about “The White Ribbon,” in which a series of eerie calamities beset a small German village in the lead up to World War I. Haneke explains why he chose to keep many of the events in the film enigmatic.
“I try to construct stories so that several explanations are possible, to give the viewers the freedom to interpret. I do it by everything I don’t show, and through all the questions I raise and don’t answer. That way, the audience doesn’t finish with the film as quickly as if I’d answered everything,” he said.
There’s much, much more, so head into the weekend with this lengthy sit down with the filmmaker.