Survive

Überleben

  • Lara Milena Brose, Kilian Armando Friedrich
  • Germany
  • 2021
  • 30 min
  • International Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

After years of criminal and self-destructive behavior, 27-year-old Leon is at last trying to rid himself of his heroin addiction in a residential clinic. He publishes a vlog about his experiences and tells his therapists what they want to hear, but actually he’s totally fed up with life. On the other hand, his father Hans-Joachim, who's 50 years older, is brimming with zest for life, despite his aging body. That’s why this landscape artist wants to become immortal, as a “homo digitalis.” He’s using a chatbot loaded with journal extracts in an attempt to create a digital version of himself.

When Leon is released on leave from rehab, he visits his father, who he hasn’t seen for a long time. Rather than underscoring the differences between father and son, filmmakers Lara Milena Brose and Kilian Armando Friedrich let the images speak for themselves. These scenes make it painfully clear how self-hatred is intertwined with self-obsession, how life is intertwined with survival, and how different parents and children can be.

Credits

  • 30 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: German
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Lara Milena Brose, Kilian Armando Friedrich
Production
Tobias Bissinger for Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, Max Wallner for Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
Cinematography
Jacob Kohl
Editing
Katharina Fiedler
Sound Design
Gerhard Auer

IDFA history

2021
International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

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