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71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls

Fortnight 1994, Feature film, 1 h 35


1993 Christmas’ eve. A 19-year-old student kills several people he did not know at all with no apparent motive. What was common to the murderer and his victims? “ my task was to establish a structure of questions, to avoid providing answers, and in doing so to enable a variety of conflicting interpretations. Please do allow me not to go against these premises by giving descriptions in a résumé which can also be interpreted. This movie is the last part of a trilogy, whose subject is my country’s emotional glaciation. The trilogy’s motto is a sentence from Pascal : “Vous êtes embarqués”. (Michael Haneke).


Michael Haneke

He was born in Munich and studied philosophy, psychology and theater in Vienna. He was a screenwriter for ARD TV channel. He writes and directs his films independantly. He directed plays in Germany and in Austria. 71 Fragments d’une chronologie du hasard is the third part of a work previously made of Der Siebente Kontinent and Benny’s Video which were shown at The Directors’ Fortnight. He wrote screenplays of three movies directed by Paulus Manker: Schmutz, Die Klavierspielerin and Der Kopf des Mohren.

Anna Bennent
Branko Samarovski
Gabriel Cosmin Urdes
Lukas Miko
Otto Grünmandl
Udo Samel

Michael Haneke

Christian Berger

Marc Parisotto

Maria Homolkova

J. S. Bach

Set decoration
Christoph Kanter

Production : Wega Film Produktion GmBh, Vienne Autriche Vente à l’Etranger : Christa Saredi World Sales, Zurich, Suisse Distribution : Les Films du Paradoxe, Bois Colombes, France

Title in Original Version : 71 fragments d'une chronologie du hasard