Director Michael Haneke’s next film, Happy Ending, will star Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant and deal with themes of migration. Both are favorites of the director (they appeared in his last film, Amour, which won Haneke his second Palme d’Or and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.) Agence France-Presse reports that Haneke and his team have been scouting out Calais, the northern seaside town where many refugees reside in makeshift camps that have come to be called “the jungle,” and plan to begin shooting in the spring. A representative of Pictanovo, which helps finance locally shot films, said that while immigration would be “integrated” into the story. Haneke’s 2005 film Caché also dealt with the specter of the migrant when a French couple believes that an Algerian immigrant is leaving threatening videos for them.
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