The Seventh Continent / Der siebente Kontinent
Michael Haneke, Austria, 1993.
Directed by: Michael Haneke
Script: Michael Haneke
Producer: Veit Heiduschka
Production company: Wega Film
Cinematography: Anton Peschke
Editing: Marie Homolkova
Music: Alban Berg
Cast: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel, Silvia Fenz, Robert Dietl
Format: 35mm
Running time: 104'

The Seventh Continent is Haneke's debut feature film, reportedly inspired by a true story of an Austrian middle-class family that committed suicide. The film chronicles the last years of the family, which consists of Georg, an engineer; his wife Anna, an optician; and their young daughter, Eva. They seem to lead routine urban middle-class lives, but suddenly decide to destroy themselves without any apparent reason.

Awards and Festivals
Cannes Film Festival 1989 - Directors’ Fortnight
Locarno International Film Festival 1989 - Ernest Artaria Award
Ghent International Film Festival 1989 - Best Sound, Best Music
Prize For The Distribution Of Quality Films In Belgium 1989
Board For The Cinematic Arts, Brussels 1989 - Honorary Award Of The Austrian National Education Board

Directors Biography
Michael Haneke, born 1942, is an Austrian filmaker and screenwriter best known for his bleak and disturbing style. His films often document problems and failures in modern society. Haneke has worked in television‚ theatre and cinema. He is also known for raising social issues in his work. Besides working as filmmaker he also teaches directing at the Filmacademy Vienna. At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, his film The White Ribbon won the Palme d'Or for best film, and at the 67th Golden Globe Awards the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2012, his film, Love, won Palme d'Or for best film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Haneke's feature film debut was 1989's The Seventh Continent. Three years later, the controversial Benny's Video put Haneke's name on the map. Haneke's greatest success came in 2001 with his most critically successful film, the French The Piano Teacher (Grand Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, actors Benoît Magimel and Isabelle Huppert won Best Actor and Actress awards). He has worked with Juliette Binoche (Code Unknown in 2000 and Caché in 2005). One of the Haneke's most popular films is Funny Games (1997) that he reshoot for American market in English in 2007.

Location and screening schedule: ZAGREB DANCE CENTRE, Monday, October 15th at 20.30