71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance

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Neturiu supratimo, nežinau. Tai beprotybė.

A collage of unrelated stories captures drama so relatable to modern human – the collapse of the family. Its emotionally unavailable members make it impossible to reach out to them. Morose emotional distance is followed by financial loss and the loss their home. Director’s fierce eye cuts right through the smaller model of society, the institution of family, and reminds us that a personal tragedy gradually evolves into a society’s disability.

Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke studied philosophy, psychology, and theatre science in Vienna. In 1967-1970 he worked for German television. He shot the trilogy “The Seventh Continent” (1989), “Benny’s Video” (1992), and “71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance” (1994), in which he presents alienated individuals through an image of their frustrations. When Haneke made his debut film, “The Seventh Continent”, he was already forty-seven. That is exactly why even his very first films demonstrate creative maturity and a unique cinematic language, which made him one of the today’s most outstanding cinema artists.

His films “The White Ribbon” and “Love” won Palme d‘Or in Cannes Film Festival, while “Love” has also won an “Oscar” as the Best Foreign Language Film.