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In a recent interview with The Paris Review, filmmaker Michael Haneke shared his views on what makes for good storytelling in screenplays.

Michael Haneke did not direct his first film until he was 46 years old.

Since then, he’s steeped himself in the “realist” movement of filmmaking. Focusing on stories he can use to evoke feelings of real life. His work has been critically acclaimed and even transcended different genres. Haneke recently sat down with The Paris Review to talk about his work and his approach to writing.

One of the coolest things about Haneke is his desire to cover the real world and to tell stories that come solely from himself. This means he’s taken himself out of the commercial filmmaking game and focused only on artistic expression.

It also means his writing has to come first, as he is the originator of all his ideas.

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Source: No Film School