Last Year in Utopia

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    Last Year in Utopia

    Letztes Jahr in Utopia

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    73 min

    • German

    Experimental

    The participants of a reality TV show which collapsed mid-production meet again in the forest where they lived together a year ago. They were meant to develop a utopian society, in a social experiment in front of rolling cameras. Everything went wrong. But what happened only becomes evident as the film's reconstruction unfolds like a Chinese box. The reunion is mysterious, elegant and very funny, and recreated in a playful way where Bertolt Brecht meets Big Brother. The relationship between participant and spectator is turned on its head by actors with white makeup, who in the minimalist setting recreate the utopian collapse while the show's former participants look on in their new role as audience rather than participants, giving them the chance to experience the traumatic experiment from a distance. Jana Magdalena Keuchel and Katharina Knust's film charts the territory between documentary filmmaking and conceptual art in a way that questions both genres. And they know the usual outcome of utopian promises of social revolutions. A confident and clear-sighted film that invites you right inside the experiment.

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    Jana Magdalena Keuchel

    Jana Magdalena Keuchel

    Germany

    Jana Magdalena Keuchel works as a filmmaker and artist living in Leipzig, Germany. She lectures at the Bauhaus University, Weimar and the Liberia Film Institute. She is a member of the film collective, 'Filmische Initiativ Leipzig' and a participant of Berlinale Talents 2018.

    Katharina Knust

    Katharina Knust

    Germany

    Katharina Knust is a Berlin based filmmaker. She studied Media Arts at Bauhaus-University, Weimar and at Concordia University, Montréal as well as Media Production in Dublin. In her fiction and non-fiction work she observes everyday life situations, in search for big, loud and universal emotions in small and quiet moments.