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‘The Piano Teacher’, ‘Amour’ director Michael Haneke to helm his first TV series

/ 09:03 PM January 30, 2018

Michael Haneke. Image: AFP/Laurent Emmanuel via AFP Relaxnews

The much-lauded director, known for films with a bleak outlook, will create his first-ever television series.

Michael Haneke will create his first-ever television series, per The Hollywood Reporter. Haneke was twice awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes: for “The White Ribbon” in 2009 (a project that began as a TV series) and for “Amour” in 2012. The latter film went on to take the 2013 Oscar for best foreign-language film.

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Haneke is teaming up with Germany’s UFA Fiction (a division of production giant FremantleMedia), which was also behind the successful TV series “Deutschland ’83”. Now, UFA will power “Kelvin’s Book”, a dystopian drama set in a near future. Given Haneke’s propensity for a distinctively dystopian take on society, the material is a fitting match.

The English-language series, which will span ten episodes, follows a group of young people forced to make an emergency landing outside of their home country; at which point they are, for the first time, confronted with the true face of their nation.

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Executive producer Nico Hofmann said, “’Kelvin’s Book’ is an extraordinarily rich, gripping and ambitious story. With contemporary themes and a reflection of the digital age that we live in, there’s no better time for this project.” JB

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