• The Seventh Continent

    1989. Austria. Michael Haneke. 104 min.

Friday, October 5, 2007, 6:15 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Seventh Continent

    1989. Austria. Directed by Michael Haneke. Screenplay by Haneke, Johanna Teicht. With Dieter Berner, Udo Samel. Smothered by the trappings of bourgeois comfort and a deadening daily routine, the Schober family—husband, wife, and daughter—lead lives of quiet desperation. Their joyless detachment from the outside world and from one another—depicted as a series of petty office rivalries and misunderstood outbursts at school, of impersonal monetary transactions and evenings spent silently at the dinner table or passively in front of the television—drives them to commit a horrifying act that is no less senseless for seeming inevitable. Maintaining his critical regard of this real-life domestic tragedy, Haneke combines the seductive techniques and visual beauty of advertising—fragmentation, distillation, and fetishization—with the intricate structure and pacing of classical music. Indeed, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto of 1934, written upon the untimely death of Alma Mahler's young daughter and dedicated "to the memory of an angel," provides the film's motif and melancholy tone. Courtesy Kino International. In German, French, English; English subtitles. 104 min.

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