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Watch: Trailer For Michael Haneke's 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

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by Joe Cunningham
March 5, 2013 4:30 PM
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Star Wars Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke is one of Europe’s leading filmmakers and has produced some of the most powerful, unflinching films to come out of the continent over the course of the last 25 years. He’s a perennial favourite at Cannes and has two Palme d’Ors, a Grand Prix and Best Director award from the festival to his name, but it wasn’t until this year that he became better known to a much wider audience. That in part was surely down to the five Oscar nominations  “Amour” received (including Best Director and Best Picture), but we’re betting it was mostly to do with that parody twitter account.

So now the revered 70 year-old Austrian director is as well known for LOLZ as he is for filmmaking, and that’s something that this year’s Cesars used to full effect. While the Oscars pre-recorded skits were busy celebrating Mr Skin, the French equivalent imagined what "Star Wars: Episode VII" would look like if Haneke were to step into JJ’s shoes. It’s a pretty great "Amour" parody with some pretty funny "Star Wars" gags in there as well – we particularly enjoyed Chewbacca’s appearance. The only thing it was missing was a good pigeon gag. You can take a look at the skit for yourselves below.

Arguably it’s funnier than anything we saw at this year’s Oscars, and that’s a pretty damning indictment Mr. McFarlane when the French are out-funnying you. But hey, casual xenophobia aside, we had no idea the Cesars had such a sense of humor, and it almost makes us want to learn the language so we can watch next year’s ceremony live. Almost. "Amour" went on the win five awards at the ceremony, so it proved to be a pretty great night all round for Haneke. 

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5 Comments

  • Mark G | March 23, 2013 3:44 AMReply

    darn, it's been blocked on copyright grounds.

  • Jeje | March 6, 2013 1:54 AMReply

    I am also French, and I have been watching the Oscars and the Cesar live for years ('Cesar' can't be plural, it's the name of the guy who designed the thing).
    Our Ceremony is a pain compared to yours, but I have to say this piece is the one of the only fun thing in a desert of awfulness. Ask Kevin Costner who was there to get an honorary Cesar. He did not laugh once, and was suspected to fall asleep during Emmanuelle Riva's speech. Trust me, you don't want to watch it next year!

  • kevin | March 5, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    I like starwarsfunny.com too. LOL

  • Belloq | March 5, 2013 5:16 PMReply

    I'm french and I saw the ceromony live. It was actually awful. Repetitive awkward jokes on polemical topics, host disrespect winners' speeches, no one laughing in the theater. It was really painful to watch...

  • Oh no | March 5, 2013 4:54 PMReply

    In one swoop, the Playlist turns into the virgin oafs at Slashfilm.

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