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We Might As Well Be Dead Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein


Screening Information

Toronto Premiere
June 7, 8:45 pm
Innis Town Hall
June 9 – June 10
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries Germany, Romania
Year 2022
Running Time 93 MIN
Languages German, Polish
Subtitles English
Director Natalia Sinelnikova

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Official Selection, Tribeca and Berlinale Film Festivals

In her timely dystopian satire, director Natalia Sinelnikova delivers a piercing critique of our irrational fear of difference and how it frays the fabric of civilized society. Security guard Anna and her daughter Iris are Jewish immigrants living in a gated community in Germany. The disappearance of a dog coupled with Iris’s belief that she is afflicted with the evil eye prompts a wave of paranoia within the community. Visually bold cinematography underscores the mounting terror that fuels the community’s disintegration while reminding us of the threat that conspiracy theories pose.

“I could not stop thinking about this dystopian satire, which for me really resonates in its address to our current context of heightened social anxiety. Both humorous and disturbing, the story revolves around a remote-high rise on the edge of a forest, which provides a safe and secure haven for its occupants. But why they need protection, or from what or whom, is not altogether clear.”
TJFF Programmer Gillian Hellfield

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A with Director Natalia Sinelnikova and star Ioana Iacob
Co-presented With
Review "A strikingly original, elegantly shot and designed and admirably controlled dystopian satire about the world’s current retreat from rational discourse towards paranoia-fuelled tribalism” Screen Daily