ECOCIDE | (Ökozid)

  • 1-4 October
Named after a notion we have been hearing more and more frequently in the news during recent times, Ecocide is a film about the destruction of the environment. Even though the story is set in the future, recent events have shown us that we are not all that far from what is depicted in the film. In the summer of 2021, forest fires broke across the globe, and floods ruined many cities. In Ecocide, director Andres Veiel has designed a meticulously researched setting. In 2034, climate crimes are taken to court. Drought and floods have destroyed the essential resources humans need. On the other hand, rising tides in three subsequent storms have made it impossible for the case in question to be tried at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, and the trial in which Southern Hemisphere countries have sue industrial states such as Germany is moved to Berlin. It will be disputed before a court for the first time whether countries are principally tasked with acting against climate change. The trial is about responsibility and compensation, but most importantly, survival. About the film, in which the crimes committed in our day are tried by an imaginary court, Alex Rühle wrote for the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “The fact that its main elements consist of true events and theses turns this film into a bold work of art. The facts portrayed in the film prove that Germany has been hampering all proposals for consistent climate policies for the last 30 years.”


Friederike Becht, Nina Kunzendorf, Utsav Agrawal, Edgar Selge, Ulrich Tukur, Sven Schelker


Andre Veiel


German, English, with Turkish subtitles