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We Might As Well Be Dead
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Berlinale
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
2022
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.

Natalia Sinelnikova


Natalia Sinelnikova was born in St. Petersburg in 1989 and emigrated to Germany at the age of 7. In 2013 she graduated from Hildesheim University, with a Bachelor in Culture Studies, the major field of her studies being photography and theatre. Since October 2013 she has been studying film directing at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Her graduation film Weeping Willows premiered at the Moscow Jewish Film Festival and was screened at various international festivals. In 2016 she was a member of the Debut Film Jury of the Festival of East European Cinema Cottbus and in 2021 was part of the ZFF Academy at Zurich Film Festival. Natalia is a member of the Jewish artists‘ network „Dagesh“. WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD is her feature debut.

Directed by
Natalia Sinelnikova
Written by
Viktor Gallandi, Natalia Sinelnikova
Edited by
Evelyn Rack
Cinematography
Jan Mayntz
Sound by
Michael Kondaurow, Colin Shaw
Music by
Michael Kondaurow, Maxi Menot
Starring
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
Year
2022
Country
Germany, Romania
Language
GER, PL
Subtitles
CZ
Running time
94 min
Genre
Drama, Fantasy, Comedy
Age rating
15+
Release date
19. 10. 2023
CS/SK Distributor
Film Europe
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Media reception

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