In the United States, made-for-television movies are hardly a steppingstone toward ambitious intellectual filmmaking. Seen the recent masterpiece of cultural commentary starring Kenny Rogers as The Gambler: The Adventure Continues? Didn’t think so. However, in Europe it might not be so out of the ordinary for an aspiring auteur to prove himself on a square screen. Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke lingered in TV-land long before he began quietly savaging the bourgeoisie in features like Funny Games and Caché. Viennese families of the late-’90s may well have munched the Austrian equivalent of Salisbury steak while watching Haneke perfect his cold and calculated technique on films like The Castle—an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel. The Goethe-Institut Washington will show this along with six of Haneke’s other television works and three feature films as part of its “Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation” film series. The series runs to Monday, March 24, at the Goethe-Institut Washington’s GoetheForum, 812 7th St. NW. $6. (202) 289-1200.