Aren’t You Happy?, dir. Susanne Heinrich, Germany / France / Denmark 2018, 80 min., German with English subtitles
A girl roams through the city looking for a place to sleep, but between yoga studios, art galleries and the beds of strangers there is no space for her.
Along the way she encounters young mothers who celebrate motherhood religiously, goes home with an abstinent existentialist for whom sex is a product of liberalism, and waits for the end of capitalism in a drag bar. Her attempt to write a book doesn’t make it beyond the first sentence of the second chapter. Instead of trying to fit in, she starts regarding her depression as a political issue.
Through 15 of the girl’s humorous encounters, Aren’t You Happy? explores our post-modern society between precarity and self-marketing, serial monogamy and neo-spirituality, disillusionment and the pressure to be happy. German filmmaker Susanne Heinrich’s debut brings together pop and theory, feminism and humour.
This is an ICA Exclusive project. The screening on Thursday 16 September
is followed by an online live Q&A with the film’s director Susanne Heinrich.