Final Day - Tuesday, February 28

MICHAEL

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WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY MARKUS SCHLEINZER

A chilling debut feature from the casting director of Michael Haneke’s THE WHITE RIBBON. Michael is a timid insurance agent, a milquetoast loner with a secret: he’s holding a 10-year-old boy captive in a locked room in his basement. Chronicling a five-month period, MICHAEL is a tense portrait of how seemingly mundane lives may hide the darkest of secrets — and how monstrous individuals walk inconspicuously among us.

AUSTRIA • 2011 • 96 MINS. • AUSTRIA IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • STRAND RELEASING

REVIEWS

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“Schleinzer’s arresting first feature.  A meticulously observed, tonally assured film that exposes just how banal evil is. The novice actor [David Rauchenberger as the 10-year-old Wolfgang] manages to convey a steely acuity even in the most horrific circumstances.  Forgoing exploitation, prurience, and simplistic moralizing, (the filmmaker) relies on dispassionate, frequently dialogue-free scrutiny instead.  The movie’s boldest risk (and greatest accomplishment) is simply to chronicle the specifics of the interaction between the abducted and the abductor… A profoundly cool work, the film is scorching in its observations.”
– Melissa Anderson, Artforum

“A triumph of uneasy cinema. Despite its subversive edge, MICHAEL successfully drains the shock out of a frightening premise and instead delivers a keen observational thriller. Michael is not an object of pity, but Schleinzer still makes his monster familiar, which is a much creepier prospect.”
— Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

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