OT: Life Guidance
Ruth Mader // Austria, 2017
Fiction Feature // FF2017
Europe in the not too distant future: capitalism has perfected itself and developed an enthusiastic class of achievers to keep it going. They live placid middle-class lives, are happy and fulfilled. Most of them. For everyone else, there’s the Life Guidance agency, whose task it is to get problem cases back on track. Alexander, a performer in the financial sector, is just such a candidate. He starts to resist and is promptly confronted with the smiling terror of the system. Ruth Mader has created a distopia which despite the bizarre humour is uncomfortably familiar in the face of today’s debates about transparency and self-optimisation.
DirectorRUTH MADER (*1974) has been making shorts and documentaries since the early 1990s and has been successful at numerous festivals. Life Guidance was shown in competition at his year's Venice International Film Festival.
OV with English subtitles
Ruth Mader, Martin Leidenfrost
Fritz Karl, Katharina Lorenz, Florian Teichtmeister
Christina A. Maier
Renate Martin, Andreas Donhauser
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