We Might as Well be Dead
(Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein)

directed by Natalia Sinelnikova
with Ioana Iacob, Pola Geiger, Jörg Schüttauf, Şiir Eloğlu,
Moritz Jahn, Susanne Wuest, Knut Berger, Mina Özlem Sagdiç,
Cristin König, Jörg Pose

Preview Screening
Germany, Romania | 2022 | 94 mins
Drama

Synopsis

It may only be a tower block on the edge of a forest, but you can tell by the look on the faces of the people hoping to join the building’s community that this must be one of the last bastions of civilisation in a world that has fallen apart. To live here, shielded from a dangerous environment, is the goal. But when the caretaker’s dog disappears, an irrational fear spreads among the residents. Security officer Anna makes an appeal for reason and begins to search for the animal. Meanwhile, her daughter Iris locks herself in the bathroom. She is convinced that, with her “evil eye”, she herself is responsible for the dog’s disappearance. When a newly formed vigilante group demands stricter security measures and a renewed suitability test for the entire community, Anna begins to fear for her right to stay.

Credits

Director: Natalia Sinelnikova
Screenplay: Natalia Sinelnikova, Viktor Gallandi
Produced by: Heartwake Films
Co-Producers: Lina Mareike Zopfs, Charlene Gürntke, Ioana Iacob, Verena Veihl, Cooky Ziesche
Co-Production: RBB Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg, Berlin
Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Potsdam
In Cooperation with: Magdalena Wolff, Kojoten Filmproduktion, Stuttgart
Executive Producer: Julia Wagner
Cast: Ioana Iacob, Pola Geiger, Jörg Schüttauf, Şiir Eloğlu, Moritz Jahn, Susanne Wuest, Knut Berger, Mina Özlem Sagdiç, Cristin König, Jörg Pose
Cinematography: Jan Mayntz
Editing: Evelyn Rack
Music: Michael Kondaurow, Maxi Menot
Sound Design: Michael Kondaurow
Sound: Colin Shaw
Production Design: Elisabeth Kozerski
Costumes: Marilyn Rammert
Make-Up: Franziska Mayntz
Casting: Karl Schirnhofer
Assistant Director: Benjamin Hujawa
Production Manager: Maximilian Seidel

Screening schedule

Friday 1 July 2022
21:45 at Freilichtbühne Weissensee

Language

German

Genre

Drama

Festivals and Awards

Berlinale 2022

About the Director – Natalia Sinelnikova

Born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), the former Soviet Union in 1989, she emigrated to Germany with her family at the age of seven. In 2013, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cultural studies with a focus on photography and theatre from the University of Hildesheim, going on to study film directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her graduation film Trauerweiden (Weeping Willows) had its world premiere at the Moscow Jewish Film Festival. The filmmaker is a member of the Jewish artists’ network Dagesh. Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein is her debut feature film.