100 Things (100 Dinge)

© PANTALEON Film/Warner Bros.
© PANTALEON Film/Warner Bros.

Feb. 12, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

Northern California Premiere

115 min. Germany (2018)
German w/ English subtitles

Director: Florian David Fitz
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Florian David Fitz, Katharina Thalbach, Hannelore Elsner, Miriam Stein
Producers: Dan Maag, Daniel Sonnabend, Matthias Schweighöfer, Marco Beckmann
Screenwriter: Florian David Fitz
Director of Photography: Bernhard Jasper
Editors: Denis Bachter, Ana de Mier y Ortuño
Production: Pantaleon Films GmbH in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment GmbH
World Sales: Picture Tree International

Toni loves his espresso machine. Paul adores his smart phone. Toni can’t do anything without his hair-growth pills. Paul can’t function without Amazon, Siri and his sacred sneakers. More importantly, Paul and Toni can’t make it through one day without each other. They just don’t know it. Instead, the two men engage in a constant battle to see who’s the biggest and the best. One day, however, everything changes and they find themselves sitting at home without any possessions, naked and freezing, just waiting for midnight to come. It’s Day 1 of a 100-day wager Toni and Paul have made with one another. They’ve given up everything they own and will only get one item back per day. The two men immediately find themselves faced with questions they’ve never thought about before: How much do we really need? How should we really live our lives? Have we all become mindless robot consumers? Do we own our possessions or do they own us? What are we without our possessions? Is there such a thing as free will? And how many times can you wear underwear before they qualify as hazardous waste? Suddenly, everyday life becomes immensely complicated, but also incredibly simple. Of course, Toni and Paul would notice this too, that is, if they weren’t still blinded by their desire to win the wager. Indeed, Toni and Paul are capable of many things: they can starve, laugh, suffer, love and cheat. But there’s one thing they can’t do, and that’s lose. Or can they?