• Synopsis

    Humanoid robots are like new creatures on our planet. They work at reception desks, in shopping malls or as chefs. And they are coming into our private lives…

    „With an A.I., you have to keep your sentences short and to the point.“
    This piece of advice is given to Chuck as he’s picking up his new robot partner Harmony fresh from the factory. Together they go on a road trip through California. As it turns out at a second glancing, the sex robot Harmony likes books and can ad lib quote Ray Kurzweil.

    In Tokyo, Grandma Sakurai is introduced to the cute robot Pepper, a present from her son, so she has someone to keep her company. But soon Pepper turns out to be quite capricious, finding the old lady’s conversation topics of little interest.

    While Harmony and Chuck are searching for love, and Pepper and Grandma are killing time, pressing questions arise: How will robots and artificial intelligence change our lives? What will we win, what will we lose? And, who will be the main protagonists of the future world? The documentary shows us tomorrow’s world today.


  • Crew

    written and directed by
    Isa Willinger

    produced by
    Stefan Kloos

    Julian Krubasik, bvk

    Stephan Krumbiegel
    Olaf Voigtländer

    line producer and production manager
    Maria Shilik
    Veronika Janatkova

    original score
    Robert Pilgram

    sound recording
    Tim Höfer
    Yoshitake Hashimoto

    sound design and mixing
    Clemens Becker
    Philipp Sellier

    a production of
    Kloos & Co. Medien

    supported by
    BKM Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
    FFF FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
    Creative Europe Programm der Europäischen Union
    DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
    Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

    a coproduction with
    ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel
    Claudia Tronnier

    german distribution
    Rise and Shine Cinema

    world sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales

    The director

    Isa Willinger is a documentary film director. She studied directing at the University of Film and Television in Munich. She also holds a Master’s degree in Slavic Studies, North American Studies and Sociology. Isa has been awarded scholarships by the Fulbright Foundation, the DAAD, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the German Bundestag and the American Congress. Isa’s previous documenary feature FORT VON ALLEN SONNEN / AWAY FROM ALL SUNS, which was also produced by Kloos & Co. Medien, won numerous international awards. As a filmmaker, Isa is interested in social changes and in the history of human ideas. She has contributed to film magazine Revolver and she is the author of a book on the films of Kira Muratova.

    The producer

    Stefan Kloos is the founder and managing director of KLOOS & Co. MEDIEN. After a career in journalism, he started the company in 2002, and has since been involved in the production of numerous high quality and award winning creative documentaries for TV and cinema.

    He is a member of the GERMAN FILM ACADEMY and the EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY, and a receipient of the prestigious GRIMME TV-Award.

    For the OSCAR® -nominated and EMMY-winning LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, he received the CINEMA EYE HONORS award for “Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Production“ and he was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award.

    Further films in his track record include: PRE-CRIME, HOLY COW, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, AWAY FROM ALL SUNS, TRANSIT HAVANA and others. Kloos is a regular on the international circuit and lectures on topics related to development, production and international distribution of documentary films.

    The editors

    Stephan Krumbiegel & Olaf Voigtlaender have been working together as an editing team for several years, producing feature films and documentary films. In 2018, they were awarded the GERMAN FILM AWARD (Deutscher Filmpreis) for “Best Editing” with their work on BEUYS.

    The production company

    Kloos & Co. are one of the most active players for international documentary productions for cinema and TV in Germany.

    With a well-balanced mix of geopolitical and investigative topics, social issues, current social phenomena, pop culture and the arts, their award-winning films were backed by national and international film funds and major TV-channels. Productions and coproductions include the OSCAR ® -nominated and EMMY-winning LAST MEN IN ALEPPO as well as PRE-CRIME, A MODERN MAN, BUGS, TRANSIT HAVANA, THE OTHER CHELSEA, PLANET GALATA, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, GANGSTER OF LOVE, AWAY FROM ALL SUNS, WALKING UNDER WATER and CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM.


    Rise and Shine World Sales is one of the leading boutique sales agents for documentaries. With an average of 15 new films per year, the company takes an exquisite catalogue of award-winning films and directors to all markets and platforms including TV, theatrical, non-theatrical, DVD and VOD.

    Their catalogue includes award-winning films such as: Genesis 2.0, Sakawa, Silvana, Pre-Crime, The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov, Raving Iran, Letters From Baghdad, A Modern Man, Cause of Death: Unknown, Transit Havanna, My Stuff, Hip Hop-Eration, Every Face Has A Name, and others.

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  • Awards & Festivals


    Max Ophüls Award 2019

    Best Documentary
    Read the full Jury statement here

    German Film Awards 2019

    Nomination Best Documentary


    Milano Design Film Festival -#MDFF WORLD TOUR, Hong Kong, 2019

    NOW Film Edition, Moscow, 2019

    IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2019

    A Design Film Festival, Singapore, 2019

    NOW Film Festival, Moscow, 2019

    Science+Fiction Film Festival, Trieste, Italy, 2019

    International Science Films Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2019

    Odessa International Film Festival, Ukraine, 2019

    Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Austria, 2019

    Flahertiana Film Festival, Perm, Russia, 2019

    Brisbane International Filmfestival, 2019

    Antenna Film Festival, Sydney, 2019

    Margaret Mead-Film Festival, NYC, USA, 2019

    Bratislava One World Film Festival, Slovakia, 2019

    CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival, Hungary, 2019

    Millenium Docs Against Gravity, Poland, 2019

    Sheffield Doc Fest, UK, 2019

    Belgrade Documentary Film Festival , Serbia, 2019

    Odessa Film Festival, Ukraine, 2019

    Flahertiana Film Festival Perm, Russia, 2019

    Silbersalz-Festival, Halle (Saale), Germany, 2019

    Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada, 2019

    Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2019

    CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019

    Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Saarbrücken, 2019




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