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Oh Brother Octopus

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The sea nomads of Indonesia believe that every newborn child has a twin brother in the form of an octopus. Various rituals are carried out in order to live in peace with the twin and prevent misfortune. According to myth, if something terrible does happen, it is said to be the octopus taking apocalyptic revenge. It’s similar in reality: The apocalypse comes in the form of a new artificial world about to be constructed on the water. This immediately threatens the livelihood of the sea nomads. What should they do now? The octopi, with more than 100 different varieties, belong to the largest species of octopus, and are extremely adaptable. But all forms of adaptation ultimately reach their limit when the required space is gone. Documentary filmmaker Florian Kunert made a hybrid film. Subjective shots, interviews, observations and interventions fused into a journey of creature and human, beneath and above the water.

Florian Kunert

Germany 2017


Documentary form
27’ · Colour




Florian Kunert
Director of Photography
Florian Kunert
Florian Kunert, Ian Purnell, Lara Rodriguez
Florian Kunert
Highway Spirit, Dohna, Deutschland


Florian Kunert

A German filmmaker and cinematographer, he first studied audiovisual media before spending a year in South Africa where he trained young filmmakers from the Khayelitsha Township in documentary filmmaking. This was followed by studies in documentary filmmaking at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in Cuba. He spent a year in Indonesia and in 2013 founded the production company Highway Spirits. He is currently taking a postgraduate degree at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

Filmography (documentaries)

2011 Shack Theatre 2012 Poco a Poco 2013 Die Mehrzahl einer Person 2017 Oh Brother Octopus

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln