La empresa

  • 94'
  • Germany
  • 2023

La empresa is a strange creature of a most ambiguous nature: a fiction film about documentary filmmaking as fiction filmmaking, and what it all does to a region’s economy as well as a collective psychology. Or is it? Isn’t it more to the point to say that... But before we get lost here, let’s state what La empresa talks about: how the caminata nocturna, the illegal crossing of the border between Mexico and the United States, was turned into a business that ranges from four-hour night-time tours for tourists out for a sick thrill to reenactments for film and television crews. The latter, of course, is at the core of André Siegers’ casually ironic look at this economy of disaster. When the Germans arrive in town, they meet a workforce already in place and willing to play to any national stereotype – as the French seem to get other kicks out of presenting the caminata nocturna than the Netflix internationals.

Capitalism, we learn here, is a weirdly funny thing: it knows how to make the most of people’s creativity and inventiveness. It would all be just hilarious if it didn’t depend on suffering in monstrous numbers. Essay filmmaking hasn’t looked as wise and insightful in a long time!

 

Olaf Möller

  • 94'
  • Germany
  • 2023
Director
André Siegers
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Germany
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
94'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Spanish, Hñähñü, German, English
Producers
Karsten Krause, Frank Scheuffele, Julia Cöllen
Production Company
Fünferfilm UG
Sales
Fünferfilm UG
Screenplay
André Siegers, Philipp Diettrich
Cinematography
Philipp Diettrich
Editor
Simon Quack
Sound Design
Roman Vehlken, Paul Timmich
Cast
Ernesto Oliva, Miguel Barrera, Antonio Barrera, Yvonne Bernal, Eugenio Garcia Cruz, Francisca Garcia Cruz, Leticia Garcia Flores

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    Cinerama 2
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Monday 30 January 2023
    Pathé 2
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Tuesday 31 January 2023
    Cinerama 3
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Saturday 04 February 2023
    Cinerama 7
    EN subtitles
Director
André Siegers
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Germany
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
94'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Spanish, Hñähñü, German, English
Producers
Karsten Krause, Frank Scheuffele, Julia Cöllen
Production Company
Fünferfilm UG
Sales
Fünferfilm UG
Screenplay
André Siegers, Philipp Diettrich
Cinematography
Philipp Diettrich
Editor
Simon Quack
Sound Design
Roman Vehlken, Paul Timmich
Cast
Ernesto Oliva, Miguel Barrera, Antonio Barrera, Yvonne Bernal, Eugenio Garcia Cruz, Francisca Garcia Cruz, Leticia Garcia Flores