Feb. 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
US West Coast Premiere
87 min. Germany (2019)
English, Japanese, Italian, German w/ English subtitles
Director: Isa Willinger
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Writer: Isa Willinger
Director of Photography: Julian Krubasik
Editors: Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer
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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.
Hi, Al was nominated for the 2019 German Film Award in the Best Documentary category. It won Best Documentary at the 2019 Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival in Saarbrücken. Also, it screened at the following international film festivals: IDFA Amsterdam, CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Hot Docs Toronto, Sheffield DocFest.