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The Close-Up: Michael Haneke and Darren Aronofsky in Conversation

Michael Haneke and Darren Aronofsky at NYFF47. Photo by Godlis.

We hope you've been enjoying the Film Society of Lincoln Center's weekly podcast The Close-Up. Today, we're excited to bring you the first in a series of monthly bonus episodes featuring content from our archives, which span more than 40 years of the New York Film Festival, Chaplin Award Gala, retrospectives, series, and special events.

What better way to start than with two giants of contemporary cinema: Michael Haneke and Darren Aronofsky. This fascinating conversation comes from one of our HBO Directors Dialogues at the 47th New York Film Festival back in 2009. It coincided with the premiere of Haneke’s Palme d'Or winner The White Ribbon in the festival’s Main Slate, with Aronofsky acting as the evening’s moderator. The two touched on Haneke’s distinctive approach to post-production, casting, and sound design.

Haneke and Aronofsky have a long history with the Film Society. Both directors’ debut features—Haneke’s The Seventh Continent (1989) and Aronofsky’s π (1992)—played at New Directors/New Films, which we co-present with the Museum of Modern Art each spring. Additionally, Haneke’s Benny’s Video (1992), Caché (2005), and Amour (2012) were all NYFF Main Slate selections and Aronofsky's The Wrestler closed the festival in 2008.

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