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Life Guidance

Life Guidance

Synopsis

Director

The film is set in the near future, in a world that has achieved a perfected state of capitalism.

Society is sustained by a class of top achievers. These cheerfully motivated people populate a bright, friendly, transparent and efficient middle-class world. Meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. The great majority of top achievers view themselves as happy and self-fulfilled. An outsourced agency has been established for the rest: Life Guidance is charged with turning these individuals into optimal people as well.
Alexander is a member of the middle class and works in the financial sector. Like the others, he has internalized the system. But one wrong word to his child is enough to trigger Life Guidance.

An agent from Life Guidance counsels him about attaining his optimal potential and increasingly encroaches on Alexander’s life. Alexander starts to rebel and soon encounters the horror of the system in all its brightness and affability.

Director Ruth Mader has created a dystopia which despite the bizarre humour is uncomfortably familiar in the face of today’s debates about transparency and self-optimisation.

Ruth Mader

(b. 1974) has been making shorts and documentaries since the early 1990s and has been successful at numerous festivals. Her second full-length feature fiction „Life Guidance“ was shown in competition at his year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Filmography

  • Struggle (2003)
  • What is Love (2012, doc)
  • Life Guidance (2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
20:45 - 22:26
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 040604
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23.11.2017
21:30 - 23:11
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 070307
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Programme

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Film info

Country: Austria
Year: 2017
Duration: 101 minutes
Language: German
Director: Ruth Mader
Producer: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Writers: Martin Leidenfrost, Ruth Mader
DOP: Christine A. Maier
Montage: Niki Mossböck
Composer:  Manfred Plessl
Cast: Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister
Production: KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
Festivals: Venice, Hamburg, London, Busan, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

The film is set in the near future, in a world that has achieved a perfected state of capitalism.

Society is sustained by a class of top achievers. These cheerfully motivated people populate a bright, friendly, transparent and efficient middle-class world. Meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. The great majority of top achievers view themselves as happy and self-fulfilled. An outsourced agency has been established for the rest: Life Guidance is charged with turning these individuals into optimal people as well.
Alexander is a member of the middle class and works in the financial sector. Like the others, he has internalized the system. But one wrong word to his child is enough to trigger Life Guidance.

An agent from Life Guidance counsels him about attaining his optimal potential and increasingly encroaches on Alexander’s life. Alexander starts to rebel and soon encounters the horror of the system in all its brightness and affability.

Director Ruth Mader has created a dystopia which despite the bizarre humour is uncomfortably familiar in the face of today’s debates about transparency and self-optimisation.

Ruth Mader

(b. 1974) has been making shorts and documentaries since the early 1990s and has been successful at numerous festivals. Her second full-length feature fiction „Life Guidance“ was shown in competition at his year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Filmography

  • Struggle (2003)
  • What is Love (2012, doc)
  • Life Guidance (2017)