Code Unknown

A random event suddenly touches the lives of several very different individuals: actress Anne, music teacher Amadou, beggar Maria. What do they have in common and why have they met at exactly this moment in time?

Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages
France, Germany, Romania 2000
  • Czech
117 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 3. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

A busy Paris Boulevard. A young man tosses a crumpled food wrapper into a beggar woman’s bag and a passerby regards it as an affront to her human dignity. In an instant, a random event has connected the lives of several characters: Anne is a young actress trying to break into film. Her boyfriend Georges, a war photographer, is rarely in Paris. George’s father runs a farm where his younger son Jean refuses to work. Amadou, whose younger sister is deaf, teaches music at a school for deaf-mute children. His father is a taxidriver of African origin. Romanian Maria sends all the money she earns from begging back home. After being deported she lives in Romania for a while before undertaking another humiliating journey to France. In his first French-speaking film, Haneke breaks the storyline into fragments, focusing on characters who have nothing in common except perhaps feelings of frustration. Discontinuity as the fundamental means of expressing disillusionment and misunderstanding.

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Director: Michael Haneke
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Cinematography: Yürgen Yürges
Music: Giba Gonçalves
Sound: Guillaume Sciama, Jean-Pierre Laforce
Editing: Andreas Prochaska, Karin Hartusch, Nadine Muse
Production Design: Emmanuel de Chauvigny
Producer: Marin Karmitz, Alain Sarde
Co-production: Christoph Holch, Thilo Kleine, Titi Popescu, Michael Weber
Costumes: Françoise Clavel, Gloria Papura
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Josef Bierbichler, Alexandre Hamidi, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Ona Lu Yenke, Djibril Kouyaté, Luminita Gheorghiu, Crenguta Hariton, Bob Nicolescu, Arsinée Khanjian

Cannes Film Festival

2000 – Michael Haneke (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury)

  • This film is available until 31. 3. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.