The gripping feature film “Live” by director Lisa Charlotte Friederich will be released on the German film label Artkeim² on DVD on 16 April 2021, with a making-of and the bonus clip “Stabat Mater” as bonus material.
“Live” had a “virtual theatrical release” on 10 December 2020, distributed by UCM.ONE, as VoD on portals like Kino on Demand, Apple TV, Amazon, Google, Magenta TV, Chili, Joyn, maxdome, Vimeo and Sony.
The film is set in a near, dystopian future in which all public life – including concerts – has been moved into virtual space because of the danger of terrorist attacks. It combines science fiction elements and a classic sibling conflict to create a thrilling drama full of enthralling music, and its basic premise – human encounters are, with a few exceptions, only allowed virtually – has startling parallels to the current situation.
“Live” celebrated its world premiere at the Max Ophüls Preis in January 2020 and has since been successfully screened and awarded at German and international film festivals. “Live” is a frighteningly relevant film that gets under your skin with its cool aesthetics, extraordinary, moving music and a great ensemble of actors.
The world in a near future: the number of terrorist attacks has increased so drastically that encounters with other people and any form of cultural life only take place in virtual space. Public gatherings are banned for security reasons. There are no more concerts, no supermarkets, no theatre, no pubs.
The psychologist Claire looks after survivors of terrorist attacks. When one day she finds a ticket, an analogue scrap of paper, on a patient, she breaks out of her life of isolation. Driven by the need for community, she plans a secret live concert in front of real, physically present people with her brother Aurel, a star trumpet player who has only performed in front of virtual audiences for years. With the help of the hackers Ada and Maximus, they manage to realise their plan against all odds. When the siblings’ mother appears shortly afterwards, an age-old conflict erupts, confronting Claire with an insurmountable opponent: herself.