Cine-Club: Code Inconnu

Cine-Club: Code Inconnu

Sunday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m.
Free for members / $10 for non-members
This event takes place online - Zoom links will be emailed after registration

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It's easy to misread even the simplest of actions. This week at Ciné-Club, we'll be taking a look at a story of branching narratives that form a web of interconnected dramas, all tied back to one insignificant act - a piece of trash, carelessly thrown away. Join us as we discuss director Michael Hanaeke's thought provoking and bizarre social drama ... 

Code Inconnu (2000)

Rent on YouTube, Vudu, or Amazon Prime

How did we all get to this moment? Our starting point is a scene you might see on any global city street - a young man unthinkingly chucks a piece of trash behind him, blind to the homeless woman that he hits. When an angered stranger confronts him about his carelessness, the situation escalates to the point of police involvement, and the ensuing scrap will have serious consequences for all involved. But behind this escalation is a series of stories that we haven't yet seen, the intertwining histories of characters whose personal lives, romances, traumas, and biases will bring them to converge upon this point. What do we carry with us into ordinary situations? What hidden languages are we always speaking? 

A cold and winding drama about the intersections of the lives of strangers, Code Inconnu offers a striking commentary on the cultural biases that lurk in an interconnected Europe, and the sublte demons that haunt our everyday encounters. Let's talk about it! 



Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Sunday at 1:00 PM CST to discuss. 

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, curator and animateur of the Ciné-Club since its début in March of 2020. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and also moderates film groups for the Italian-American Heritage Society of Chicago and San Francisco's Queer Fear horror meetup group.