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We Might As Well Be Dead
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
A tower block on the edge of a forest, people hoping to join the building's community as it is one of the last bastions of civilization in a world that has fallen apart.
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. In Natalia Sinelnikova’s feature film debut, the microcosm of the high-rise provides the setting for a timeless dystopian experiment. At the film’s centre is the power of fear – a self-replicating system that can shatter social cohesion, and has long dictated current social and political discourses.
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Directed by
Natalia Sinelnikova
Written by
Viktor Gallandi, Natalia Sinelnikova
Edited by
Evelyn Rack
Jan Mayntz
Sound by
Michael Kondaurow, Colin Shaw
Music by
Michael Kondaurow, Maxi Menot
Ioana Iacob, Pola Geiger, Jörg Schüttauf, Siir Eloglu, Susanne Wuest, Knut Berger, Moritz Jahn
Original title
Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein
English title
We Might As Well Be Dead
Germany, Romania
Running time
94 min
Drama, Fantasy, Comedy
Age rating
Release date
19. 10. 2023
CS/SK Distributor
Film Europe
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Media reception

"An eerie co-op living community to satirise Western European mores."
Screen Daily
"Dystopian satire about the world’s current retreat from rational discourse towards paranoia-fuelled tribalism.”
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