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The insurance salesman Vincent Baumann, a cold-blooded careerist and minion of a merciless system, becomes a victim of the very corporations he is representing. Degraded to a henchman he grimly struggles to get back on the job market. He fights to climb the social ladder. In the process he realizes that there are other values than income and success. He decides against his previous ideology and for another human being, for Lisa Sokulowa. They don’t have a future. But they celebrate a small triumph against the dominance of the ruling system.
|Key cast:||Clemens Schick, Lena Lauzemis, Marion Mitterhammer, Marcus Signer, Daniel Olbrychski, Stipe Erceg, Simon Schwarz, Jaschka Lämmert|
|Producers:||Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser, Alexander Ris, Christine Haupt, Karin Koch, Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Andreas Eicher|
September 16, 2019Zurich 2016
|Awards (selection):||Golden Eye Award (Zurich), Saas Fee Crystal Larch (Saas Fee Filmfest)|
«The idea of not being permitted to die.»
Valentin Hitz’s Hidden Reserves imagines a world where private life has been pervaded by technology and society sharply divided into rich and poor. A world where the human body is exploited for data storage even after natural death. However, in this world drained of mutual trust, color and emotion, which prefers to entrust life and death to insurance companies, a hidden potential for resistance is beginning to appear. An interview with director Valentin Hitz and producer Oliver Neumann.