There is Franz, suing the company that has made him redundant after 40 years. Then, for nine months, he holds out in an empty office with nothing to do.
There is Stephan who, for eight days and nights, sits on a chair that is part of a giant billboard. Selling yourself is sometimes the quickest way to pay your debts.
There is Saskia, the high school graduate, learning how to create the perfect job application. There is Gunnar who is being taught that perceiving your own body, as a trademark is the key to success. Franz finally wins his lawsuit only to realise he has lost all the same.
DEVIL HIDES IN DOUBT is a film about the emotional push and pull of work, its demands and absurdities, and the struggle for fulfilment.
For this documentary I worked with the Hungarian fiction and documentary DOP (Abhaun!, Balkan Champion). We shot the film mainly on 16mm. Editor Claudia Gleisner (Träume der Lausitz, Wenn du Tod bist) brought in the editing room the complex essayistic structure together.
Director of Photography
Armin Dierolf, Kolja Raschke, Eric Ferranti
Stephan Schönholz, Garip Özdem
Malte Bieler, Niklas Kammertöns
SOUND RE-RECORDING MIX
German Film- and Television Academy Berlin and Eva Stotz
Festivals & Awards
Advancement Award, German Television Award Deutscher Fernsehpreis
Advancement Award 32th DUISBURGER FILMWOCHE
Prize of the Insurances DOKUMENTART
Special Mention 39th VISIONS DU RÉEL
Nomination Golden Key 25th Kassel Documentary & Video Festival
Nomination Documentary Prize and book presentation "Werkstattberichte Dokfilm" with Pepe Danquart 6th HAMBURGER DOKFILMWOCHE
Official Selection 46th Viennale int'l film festival
German Competition 51th Int'l documentary film festival DOKLeipzig
Official Selection TIDF Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Official Selection 26th TFF Torino Film festival
Official Selection 16. Blicke aus dem Ruhrgebiet
Official Selection 5th PLANETE DOC REVIEW FF
Official Selection 19th FILMKUNST FEST SCHWERIN
Official Selection DOKFILMFEST MÜNCHEN
Official Selection 5th DOCVILLE LEUVEN
Official Selection CROSSING EUROPE LINZ
Official Selection 27th FILMFESTIVAL OF URUGUAY
Official Selection 20th ANKARA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection and post film discussion with Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Helen Hughes, LIDF LONDON INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILMFESTIVAL
Official Selection ONE WORLD PRAGUE
Official Selection 7th FESTIVAL DE DROITS DE L'HOMME PARIS
» A film poem about the sadness of modern men. Witty, caring, wonderful. «
(Falter, Maya McKechneay)
» A self-willed, powerful essay on the abysses of the working society. «
(Taz, Stefan Reinecke)
» An accurate snapshot of the current working world. «
(Freitag, Matthias Dell)
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