SELBSTKRITIK EINES BÜRGERLICHEN HUNDES
SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG

2016
99 min
Dir. Julian Radlmaier

*International Film Festival Rotterdam Bright Future Award Competiton 2017
*Berlinale Berlin International Film Festival Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2017
*FICUNAM Unam International Film Festival 2017, Mexico City/Mexico
*MFF T-Mobile Nowe Horyzonty 2017, Wroclaw/Poland
*MIFF Melbourne International Film Festival 2017, Australia
*First Steps Award German Film Academy 2017 Nomination
*Best First Feature 2017 German Film Critics' Prize

A bourgeois dog confesses how he was transformed from being a filmmaker to being four- legged:

Unable to find financing for his film, Julian is forced to accept a job as a seasonal farmhand. At a party, however, he makes the young Canadian expat Camille believe that he's going to do research for a communist fairy-tale film and offers her the leading part. To his great surprise, she decides to accompany him, sparking off Julian's lurking romantic fantasies.

Thus they arrive at the deceitfully idyllic scene of an exploitative apple plantation. While Julian finds the manual labour agonizing and fears the strange roommates in his humble container home, Camille enthusiastically plunges into the alleged research and makes friends with Hong and Sancho, two credulous proletarians in pursuit of happiness. For Julian, it's getting more and more difficult to act the communist filmmaker. And what's more, a hot-tempered model worker with American dreams gets in his way, a mute monk with magical powers and a screw loose shows up, the owner of the plantation accidentally gets killed, and an attempted revolution ends up in confusion. At this moment, however, the sparrows in the trees come up with an unexpected plan...