Written and directed by Haneke, this 'bone-chilling' feature film opens with the amateur footage of a pig being slaughtered with a butcher gun. This unceremonious recording is owned by 14-year-old Benny (Arno Frisch), a boy whose preferred mediums of experience are video cameras, action movies, and the surveillance monitors placed in his room.
Accustomed to a trite routine of school activities, daily visits to a local video store, and hours in front of his bedroom TV, Benny finds himself enthralled by his tape of a slaughtered swine. Staying alone in his parents' apartment, Benny eventually brings home an unknown girl, immediately exposing her to the rapturous videotaping.
Then, after revealing that he stole the gun that took the pig's life, Benny coldly shoots his guest and turns his unwrought curiosity into a slaughter video franchise. 'I once saw a TV program about the tricks they use in action films,' says Benny. 'It's all ketchup and plastic.'
To be introduced by Michael Garrad, Curzon.
Thursday 21 December 6.30pm, Curzon Soho.