Dir. Michael Haneke, 2000. 118 min. 35mm.
In French & Romanian with English subtitles
Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival (2000)
In the first of several French films that established him as one of the leading voices in international cinema, Austrian auteur Michael Haneke follows the participants and witnesses to a violent incident on a Paris boulevard to paint a complex picture of contemporary race relations, urban alienation, and the breakdown of communication.
Composed of 42 masterfully executed single-shot scenes, Code Unknown reveals the repercussions of this apparently insignificant episode on the lives of an actress and her journalist partner, an extended Parisian family of African descent, and a Romanian beggar who is deported to her native country.
“Mr. Haneke loves to play with our assumptions of reality and does it frighteningly well” — The New York Times