AFM: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Michael Haneke’s ‘Happy End’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Michael Haneke’s “Happy End,” the German master’s anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Amour.”

Written and directed by Haneke, “Happy End” is described by SPC as a snapshot of the life of a bourgeois European family. Set in Northern France, the movie stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones.

Although the plot remains under wraps, the film is set against the backdrop of the refugee crisis and revolves around a bourgeois family living near migrant camps in the port city of Calais.

“Happy End,” whose filming wrapped in late August, was produced by Margaret Menegoz via her Paris-based outfit Les Films du Losange, and co-produced by Stefan Arndt and Dr. Veit Heiduschka, who previously co-produced “Amour” and “White Ribbon” together.

Huppert and Trintignant both starred in Haneke’s “Amour,” which won the foreign-language Oscar in 2012, on top of earning four nominations for best picture, director, screenplay and actress and a BAFTA award for best film.

“Happy End” marks the fourth Haneke film acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, following “Amour,””The White Ribbon” and “Cache.”

One of Europe’s most acclaimed directors, Haneke has won nine prizes at Cannes, including three Palmes d’Or, for “Cache,” “Amour” and “The White Ribbon.”

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