(German: 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls): A fragmented storyline follows several characters in events leading up to a tragic mass killing in a Viennese bank. The last masterpiece in Haneke’s “Emotional Glaciation” trilogy (also including The Seventh Continent and Benny’s Video).
Retells the parallel stories of different characters and situations in “vignette” scenes, separated by black pauses and various real-life newscast reportage videos pertaining to current events of the time (October-December of 1993), including the wars in Bosnia, Somalia, Kurdistan and South Lebanon, as well as the molestation accusations against singer Michael Jackson.
Characters include a homeless gypsy refugee child from Romania, a lonely elderly retiree, a bank delivery driver, a childless couple and a deeply depressed university student.
An open-ended art piece that looks to delve into the alienation and dehumanization of modern European society (the “glacification of emotions”). A cinematic display of modern evil.
An intellectual and thought-provoking masterpiece, as can be expected from one of Europe’s most talented directors, Michael Haneke.
71 Fragments cast: Gabriel Cosmin Urdes, Lukas Miko, Otto Grünmandl, Anne Bennent, Udo Samel