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Uncomfortable Brunch: Funny Games
September 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm$9
Join us for Uncomfortable Brunch, where we juxtapose a pleasant social activity (eating brunch) with an unpleasant social activity (watching an uncomfortable, but important film). The movies offered in this series are academically important, yet ridiculously uncomfortable art films that every cinephile SHOULD watch, but probably doesn’t WANT to, especially with a group. Let the fun begin!
Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation, Funny Games spares no detail in its depiction of the agony of a bourgeois family held captive at their vacation home by a pair of white-gloved young men. In a series of escalating “games,” the sadistic duo subject their victims to unspeakable physical and psychological torture over the course of a night. A home-invasion thriller in which the genre’s threat of bloodshed is made stomach-churningly real, the film ratchets up shocks even as its executioners interrupt the action to address the audience, drawing queasy attention to the way that cinema milks pleasure from pain and stokes our appetite for atrocity. With this controversial treatise on violence and entertainment, Haneke issued a summation of his cinematic philosophy, implicating his audience in a spectacle of unbearable cruelty.
Austria, 1997, 108 minutes, In German with English Subtitles, Not Rated, Directed by Michael Haneke