As part of Cinema Day we present Benny's Video. A well-off 14-year-old whose none too warmly affectionate parents have bought him an amazing array of video equipment - has become so desensitised to reality by watching endless violent images on the small screen that he ends up killing an almost total stranger.
So far, so unremarkable; but his remorseless, Psycho-style reaction to the deed, his mute ‘confession’ to his parents via video, and their reaction in turn, are quietly chilling.
As a study in the complex relationship between violence and cinema, Haneke’s clinical take on how media desensitization creates underage monsters makes this torn-from-the-headlines drama that much more disturbing.
This event is part of Cinema Day, an initiative by Film Hub NI to celebrate cinema and film across Northern Ireland. All details can be found at www.filmhubni.org