Munich to honor Michael Haneke

Palme d'Or winner to return to birthplace

BERLIN — Austrian helmer Michael Haneke, whose latest pic “The White Ribbon” won the Palme d’Or in Cannes on Sunday, is to be honored in the city of his birth, Munich.

The director will collect the CineMerit Award at the Munich Film Festival on July 3, fest topper Andreas Stroehl told Variety on Monday.

“I’ve always considered him to be one of the really great directors in Europe and had been hoping for many years to honor him in Munich,” Stroehl said, adding that the decision had been made long before Haneke’s success in Cannes.

“It’s nice that he won the Palme d’Or, but to be honest that’s really not all that important for us. What’s important for us is that we’re getting one of the world’s best directors to Munich. This is the time to honor him and his wonderful work. He’s made so many excellent films.”

“The White Ribbon,” a stark black-and-white drama set in a German village on the eve of WWI, will be one of six Haneke films included in a retrospective at the Munich fest, which runs from June 25 to July 4. Among the others is “Cache,” for which Haneke won Cannes’ directing award in 2005.

Haneke was born in Munich on March 23, 1942. His family moved to Austria after the war.

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