Weitermachen Sanssouci

A film by Max Linz. In German with English subtitles.

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The Institute for Cybernetics and Simulation Research is threa­tened with clo­sure – the star­ting point for this sati­re about how the uni­ver­si­ty sys­tem is to be trans­for­med into a tur­bo-capi­ta­list rese­arch machi­ne. Phoebe Phaidon, a high­ly qua­li­fied, up-and-com­ing young aca­de­mic, accepts yet ano­t­her tem­pora­ry tea­ching con­tract. With her pro­gres­si­ve ide­als on cli­ma­te rese­arch still more or less inta­ct, she acts as a link to the frus­tra­ted, yet com­bat-rea­dy stu­dents who have occu­p­ied the libra­ry. On the other side of the batt­le lines are the estab­lis­hed facul­ty, who­se will to sur­vi­ve in the cesspool of third-par­ty fun­ding acqui­si­ti­on has ground them down into vain cynics for whom no ridi­cu­lous con­ces­si­on to eva­lua­ti­on mad­ness is too gro­tes­que. Max Linz crafts his film with a keen sen­se of Berlin’s sen­si­ti­vi­ties, urban back­drops, office décor and aca­de­mic atti­re. And he exa­g­ge­ra­tes deca­dent uni­ver­si­ty jar­gon with gus­to, its buz­z­words func­tio­n­ing almost like the bait in beha­viou­ral stu­dies. By the end, the film has prac­ti­cal­ly beco­me a musi­cal, with a catchy tune that could be a post-capi­ta­list revo­lu­tio­na­ry anthem: “Why can’t it be nice here, why are we not happy?”


DE 2019, 80 Min.
Regie: Max Linz
Kamera: Carlos Andrés López
Schnitt: Bernd Euscher, René Frölke
Mit: Sarah Ralfs, Sophie Rois, Philipp Hauß, Bernd Moss, Maryam Zaree, Bastian Trost, Leonie Jenning, Luis Krawen, Martha von Mechow, Max Wagner, Anna Papenburg, Olga Lystsova, Kerstin Grassmann, Jean Chaize, Friedrich Liechstenstein


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