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Der siebente Kontinent
Feature Film, AT 1989, Farbe, 104 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2016

Director, Script: Michael Haneke
Cast: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel, Silvia Fenz, Elisabeth Rath, Georg Friedrich, Robert Dietl, Georges Kern
Camera: Toni Peschke
Editor: Marie Homolkova
Location Sound: Karl Schlifelner
Producers: Veit Heiduschka
Production: WEGA-Filmproduktion


Michael Haneke’s cinematic debut covers three years in the life of the Schober family and ends in darkness. The film connects the family’s longing for escape and their thoughts and feelings about their life with the act of seeing, and thus cinema. To think about the world differently and break out of daily routines and the monotony of life means finding new forms of representation. Der siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) is a cinematic attempt at adjusting our gaze and maybe opening up the possibility of escape.

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