Better half

Halve the world's population to save the planet? A great idea, say politicians, experts and ordinary people from the street. But who should go? A fictional documentary about the abysses of our civil society.

Director: Jürgen Heimüller
Length: 11:48
Country: Germany
Language: German
Year: 2021

Additional Info

Director Biography: Jürgen Heimüller was born in Nuremberg in 1967, is originally a freelance actor and musician. But meanwhile he also films his own stories; after first demo scenes, he shot his debut feature „Flower pot" in 2016. In May 2017, he won third prize at the SMS Festival of the Munich Film Festival with „What we dream of". In 2018 he shot the one-taker "The Last Five Minutes of the World", which won the German Short Film Award in 2019 and was on tour through Europe with the Académie du Cinéma. Jürgen Heimüller lives in Berlin and Nuremberg.

Director Statement: Our planet is currently experiencing several elementary crises, such as climate change or the Corona pandemic. Our societies are facing important decisions. Can we still control global capitalism, which has already gained the status of a moral authority? Or is it driving us against the wall? Can the suffering of individuals be balanced against an „economic common good“? And how important is solidarity across classes, countries or generations really to us, which we are so keen to write on our democratic banners? Starting from a radical premise „better half“ satirically examines social, political and media patterns of reaction and thought, and reminds us how important it is to take a stand, especially in uncomfortable times.  

Cast: Henning Kober, Sabrina Hermann, Michael Ransburg, Kevin Patzke, Konstanze Dutzi, Alice Flotron