We Might As Well Be Dead

Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

It may only be a tower block on the edge of a forest, but you can tell by the look on the faces of the people hoping to join the building’s community that this must be one of the last bastions of civilisation in a world that has fallen apart. To live here, shielded from a dangerous environment, is the goal. But when the caretaker’s dog disappears, an irrational fear spreads among the residents. Security officer Anna makes an appeal for reason and begins to search for the animal. Meanwhile, her daughter Iris locks herself in the bathroom. She is convinced that, with her “evil eye,” she herself is responsible for the dog’s disappearance. When a newly formed vigilante group demands stricter security measures and a renewed suitability test for the entire community, Anna begins to fear for her right to stay.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Natalia Sinelnikova
Script: Natalia Sinelnikova, Viktor Gallandi
Cinematography: Jan Mayntz
Editing: Evelyn Rack
Sound: Michael Kondaurow
Music: Maxi Menot, Michael Kondaurow
Actors: Ioana Iacob, Pola Geiger, Jörg Schüttauf, Şiir Eloğlu, Moritz Jahn, Susanne Wuest, Knut Berger, Mina Özlem Sagdic
Production: Heartwake Films
Producers: Julia Wagner, Magdalena Wolff
Co-production: RBB Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
Co-producers: Magdalena Wolff, Lina Mareike Zopfs, Charlene Gürntke, Ioana Iacob, Verena Veihl, Cooky Ziesche
Costumes: Marilyn Rammert
Production Design: Elisabeth Kozerski
Executive producer: Julia Wagner
Make Up: Franziska Mayntz
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 94΄
Contact: Fortissimo Films
Awards/Distinctions: Best Cinematography Award – Tribeca Film Festival 2022

Natalia Sinelnikova

Natalia Sinelnikova was born in St. Petersburg in 1989 and emigrated to Germany at the age of seven. In 2013, she graduated from Hildesheim University, with a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies, the major field of her studies being photography and theater. Since October 2013 she has been studying film directing at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Her graduation film Weeping Willows premiered at the Moscow Jewish Film Festival and was screened at various international festivals. In 2016 she was a member of the Debut Film Jury of the Festival of East European Cinema Cottbus and in 2021 was part of the ZFF Academy at Zurich Film Festival. Natalia is a member of the Jewish artists’ network Dagesh. We Might As Well Be Dead is her feature debut.


2014 Black Cats (short doc)
2015 Flow (short)
2016 Bayushki (short doc)
2018 A Woman Wants the Bill (short)
2022 We Might As Well Be Dead