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SFFILM Festival

Eternal You

Directed by Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

Germany | Documentary | 87

26 Apr
Fri, Apr 26 at 3:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Hans Block is expected to attend


If you could, would you communicate with your dead loved ones? Would you embrace the possibility if your mother or father or spouse could live on virtually after they have left this plane of existence? Can there be life—of a sort—after death? Those queries and more are at the heart of this bold examination of a revolutionary new AI frontier that endeavors to connect the living with the dead and, in a way, conquer death. Ethical questions abound in this fascinating look at “digital afterlife” and a burgeoning industry with no guardrails. A woman who lost her young daughter and another who regrets never answering her first love’s final text message are among the early adopters of these technologies that appear alongside entrepreneurs, research scientists, and critics in Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck’s comprehensive and provocative documentary. Where will we go when we die? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Or cyberspace?

Director Hans Block

A theater director, filmmaker, and musician, Hans Block studied music at the University of Arts and theater directing at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in Berlin. With Moritz Riesewieck, he made his first film, The Cleaners (2018), which was nominated for a New & Documentary Emmy Award in the science and technology category. With Riesewieck and Cosima Terrasse, he also directed a short, Made to Measure: Eine digitale Spurensuche (2021).

Director Moritz Riesewieck

Moritz Riesewieck is a theater director, scriptwriter, and essayist in addition to being a filmmaker. He studied directing at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin and economics at the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. He and Hans Block employ their films to look at the impacts of digital technology on society.

Film Details

Language English, Korean

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 87

Country Germany/USA

Director Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck

Executive Producer Kathrin Isberner, Anna Godas, Oli Harbottle, Julie Goldman, Chris Clements, Jenny Raskin, Kelsey Koenig

Producer Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not yet confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film