KINO! GERMANY NOW! OECONOMIA

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Fri, 03/19/2021 -
Sun, 04/11/2021

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Germany (2020), 89 min., English/German with English Subtitles
Writer-Director: Carmen Losmann, Director of Photography: Dirk Lütter, Producers: Hannes Lang, Mareike Wegener, Co-Producers: ZDF , 3sat, Production Company: Petrolio Film GmbH.


Our economic system has made itself invisible and eludes understanding. In recent years, we have often had little more than a diffuse and unsatisfactory feeling that something is going wrong. But what? Beyond the distanced phrases of media coverage, which ultimately make it impossible to grasp the monstrous logic behind the basic structures of our everyday lives, Oeconomia sets out with great perspicacity and lucid stringency to break things down to the simple rules, to illuminate the capitalism of the present. A zero-sum game is discernible, a game that places us and our entire world in the logic of an endlessly perpetual increase in capital – no matter how great the cost.
 
“What is money? What are debts? What are the consequences of both? And how can images be found for them? Layer by layer, Oeconomia reveals how the rules of the contemporary capitalist game systematically precondition growth, deficits, and concentrations of wealth. With praiseworthy shrewdness and rigor, director Carmen Losmann articulates in layman’s terms the more egregious aspects of capitalist economy rendered invisible by the prevalent media coverage. Her striking visual concept contrasts the glass transparency of financial institutions with their reflecting, glittering facades, which are almost completely inaccessible to outsiders.” –Alissa Simon
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Carmen Losmann was born in Crailsheim, Germany in 1979. She studied marketing and later film at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). Oeconomia is her second feature-length film. The first, Work Hard – Play Hard (2011), deals with the effects of modern human resource management and was received numerous awards, including the prestigious German Grimme Prize 2014.

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