Weitermachen Sanssouci

Music and Apocalypse
The Institute for Cybernetics and Simulation Research is threatened with closure – the starting point for this satire about how the university system is to be transformed into a turbo-capitalist research machine. Phoebe Phaidon, a highly qualified, up-and-coming young academic, accepts yet another temporary teaching contract. With her progressive ideals on climate research still more or less intact, she acts as a link to the frustrated, yet combat-ready students who have occupied the library. On the other side of the battle lines are the established faculty, whose will to survive in the cesspool of third-party funding acquisition has ground them down into vain cynics for whom no ridiculous concession to evaluation madness is too grotesque. Max Linz crafts his film with a keen sense of Berlin’s sensitivities, urban backdrops, office décor and academic attire. And he exaggerates decadent university jargon with gusto, its buzzwords functioning almost like the bait in behavioural studies. By the end, the film has practically become a musical, with a catchy tune that could be a post-capitalist revolutionary anthem: “Why can’t it be nice here, why are we not happy?”
by Max Linz
with Sarah Ralfs, Sophie Rois, Philipp Hauß, Bernd Moss, Maryam Zaree
Germany 2019 German,  Subtitles: English 80’ Colour World premiere


  • Sarah Ralfs (Phoebe Phaidon)
  • Sophie Rois (Brenda Berger)
  • Philipp Hauß (Julius Kelp)
  • Bernd Moss (Alfons Abstract-Wege)
  • Maryam Zaree (Wendela Wendela)
  • Bastian Trost (Dakkar Prinz)
  • Leonie Jenning (Pepa)
  • Luis Krawen (Oswald)
  • Martha von Mechow (Elinor)
  • Max Wagner (Facility Management)


DirectorMax Linz
ScreenplayMax Linz, Nicolas von Passavant
CinematographyCarlos Andrés López
EditingBernd Euscher, René Frölke
Sound DesignJochen Jezussek
SoundAndreas Mücke-Niesytka
Production DesignSylvester Koziolek
CostumesPola Kardum
Make-upJulia Böhm, Ferdinand Föcking
ProducersMaximilian Haslberger, Amerikafilm, Cooky Ziesche, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg

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Max Linz

Born in 1984. He studied Film, as well as Film Directing. He also works as a lecturer and a freelance writer, focusing on film and aesthetics.


2011 Die Finanzen des Großherzogs Radikant Film (The Finances of the Grand Duke Radicant Film); 33 min. 2012 Das Oberhausener Gefühl – Eine Depressentation in zehn Folgen; 68 min. 2014 Ich will mich nicht künstlich aufregen (Asta Upset); 84 min., Forum 2014 2019 Weitermachen Sanssouci

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