Oeconomia

Film still: Oeconomia© Neue Visionen Filmverleih
Documentary, Human Interest, 2020, 89 min
Original title: Oeconomia
Language: German with English subtitles
Director: Carmen Losmann
Screenplay: Carmen Losmann
Cinematography: Dirk Lütter
Producers: Hannes Lang, Mareike Wegener
Festivals: Berlinale 2020, CHP: DOX 2020, Sheffield 2020, Zurich 2020, Ji.Hlava 2020, IDFA Amsterdam 2020
Awards: Winner TESTIMONIES competition Ji.Hlava 2020

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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