Film

Der siebente Kontinent

(The Seventh Continent)

A Journey in the Festival’s History

Austria  ·  1989  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Color  ·  108'  ·  o.v. German

Chosen by Lav Diaz.
This film features scenes that could shock the sensitivity of some viewers.
On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. French

Disponibile in Svizzera – Available in Switzerland


On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020

Available on MUBI for the international audience: film availability varies depending on your location


Screening

Friday 7 | 8 | 2020, 18:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. French


Screening

Saturday 8 | 8 | 2020, 10:00  ·  PalaCinema Sala 1  ·  Sub. French


Screening

Sunday 9 | 8 | 2020, 17:30  ·  PalaVideo  ·  Sub. French

The film is about the life of Georg, his wife Anna and their daughter Eva over a period of three years: it is the story of a successful career, it is the story of the price of conformity, it is the story of mental short-sightedness, it is a family story and it is the story of a lived consequence.

Selected by Lav Diaz
Director of Kapag wala nang mga alon


I can’t remember the exact year I saw this film, Michael Haneke’s first film. But I know it was during the mid-nineties, so it could be around 1994, 1995, 1996 or 1997, in New York City. It was all toil, toil and dream for me then, art and otherwise, with the city’s underbelly, underground, and with the understanding, at least in my head then, that no matter what, I shall end up, one day, doing cinema. I was doing three or four jobs, the desk job with a Filipino newspaper being the main gig, and the money from it I was sending to my family in the Philippines, and on the side, I was doing odd jobs for survival and more importantly, for the pursuance of cinema, so to speak, the money spent for the procurement of those very expensive 16mm rolls. The in-betweens, during the so-called free periods and freer times, were spent on watching a lot of cinema; and truckloads of rented VHS was my cinema diet then. I remember having the scariest feeling after watching The Seventh Continent; that I remember clearly even today; it was a deadly cold winter’s night and I went for a real good, strong coffee and dirty cheese cake from my favorite Catholic Arab deli. The scare I got wasn’t anything like the cliched ‘horror-trip experience’ one gets from the genre but deep in this film’s simplicity and mystery, there was an exactness in its engagement of real life’s horrors, and it is just that—that life itself is the horror, or YOU are the horror. Pessimism is an essential truth in this film, and it’s up to you if you’ll accept it. There is no escaping this hell called life. I accepted it, but not in resignation.

– Lav Diaz

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Information

Director

Michael Haneke

Cast

Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel, Silvia Fenz

Producer

Veit Heiduschka

Cinematography

Anton Peschke

Music

Alan Berg

Screenplay

Michael Haneke, Johanna Teicht

Editing

Marie Homolkova

Production

Wega Film

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