The Film: Seemingly slipping through the cracks when Haneke's career to date is discussed, this post-apocalyptic drama, set in an unidentified European country, tackles what happens when a family (whose members contain people named - surprise! - Georges, Anne and Eva) flee to their country home, hoping to find refuge.
But what they really find are strangers living there - and that's when the trouble really starts. Haneke's View: "This is about how people treat each other when electricity no longer comes out of the outlet and water no longer comes out of the faucet. I'm a bit concerned that after the events of September 11th this film will be read very specifically, but it takes place in neither America nor Europe, and focuses on very primal anxieties.
"Time Of The Wolf was an expensive film, and finding financing for it was accordingly difficult. Thanks to the success of The Piano Teacher we were able to find the necessary funds. I was in the process of writing Caché when 9/11 happened, and I said to myself, if we don't react to that with Time of the Wolf, then when? After that I finished Caché, but then put it on the back burner and made Wolf first."