Benny's Video

Benny is 14 years old. He's hanging out with his schoolmates, making videos, watching action movies. One day he invites a girl to his apartment and makes his own movie. A cruel drama not only about the aridity of family relationships and its consequences.

Benny's Video
Austria, Switzerland 1992
  • Czech
106 min.

Benny is a teenager from a wealthy family. His parents leave him largely to his own devices, and he finds an emotional substitute in the world of video films. Gradually, without the people around him noticing, his values and his sense of reality begin to change. He meets a girl of about his own age and takes her home with him one weekend. The apartment is empty – his parents have gone to the country. What begins as a shy love story ends in a catastrophe: the life of the family can never be the same again.

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Director: Michael Haneke
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Cinematography: Christian Berger
Sound: Karl Schlifelner
Editing: Marie Homolkova
Production Design: Christoph Kanter
Producer: Veit Heiduschka, Bernard Lang
Costumes: Erika Navas
Cast: Arno Frisch, Angela Winkler, Ulrich Mühe, Ingrid Stassner, Stephanie Brehme, Stefan Polasek, Christian Pundy, Max Berner, Hanspeter Müller, Shelley Kästner

European Film Awards

1993 – Michael Haneke (FIPRESCI Prize)