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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Benny’s Video

Fortnight 1992, Feature film, 1 H 45

Synopsis

Benny at 14: an upper middle class adolescence, absent parents most of the time, an effective void blurred in the world of video. Imperceptibly, without anyone noticing, Benny is changing. Slowly, the pictures he feeds on are overshadowing his sense of reality and his values. Benny meets a girl of his age, and invites her over for the week-end. His parents are away in the country. The nascent love story suddenly takes a fatal turn. The subsequent tragedy will leave the family irreparably shattered.

Director

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.

Abgela Winkler
Arno Frisch
Ingrid Strassner
Stephanie Brehm
Ulrich Mühe

Screenplay
Michael Haneke

Image
Christian Berger

Sound
Karl Schlifelner

Editing
Maria Homolkova

Music
Johann Sebastian Bach

Set decoration
Christoph Kanter

PRODUCTION : Wega-Film Produktion G.m.b.H. VENTE A L’ETRANGER : ChristaSaredi World Sales