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The film ETERNAL YOU goes to the heart of a technological revolution and perhaps one of the most gruesome business ideas of the 21st century. Building on the suffering, hopes and pain of the dying and their bereaved, financially strong start-ups from around the world are scenting the next big business: digital revenants of the deceased. 

These are created by artificial intelligence and huge amounts of personal user data and are supposed to be able to interact with the bereaved in their place beyond the death of a person. What consequences does the myth of the end of finiteness have for individuals and society? 

At the center of the film are captivating stories of people who try to immortalize themselves and others - sometimes deeply sad, sometimes tragicomic, sometimes disturbing and often surprisingly funny. Stories of sufferers who, out of understandable desperation, long for the new enticing technical possibilities.

What connects the stories are the looming social, ethical, legal and moral questions that are repeatedly raised via different viewpoints of the protagonists and their environment. This core narrative of the film is mirrored by the story of the tech pioneers from Silicon Valley. The race for the digital beyond has long since begun. In addition to a multitude of start-ups, one of the big tech giants has now entered the race. In January 2021, it was announced that Microsoft had received a patent for software that would make humans immortal in the form of a bot. Although many of the technologies already on offer are not yet fully developed, prototypes are being tested on thousands of test subjects and first-time customers.


The Filmmakers

Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck Directors

Behind ETERNAL ME is the award-winning director duo Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, who have already shown in their last film THE CLEANERS how abstract digital topics can be told through personal and emotional stories of protagonists. Over the past year, Block and Riesewieck have intensively researched the philosophical and technical background of the topic and described it in the book "Die digitale Seele" (The Digital Soul), which was published by Goldmann Verlag in fall 2020.

Now the filmmakers embark on an exciting journey into the digital afterlife. The question arises again and again: What happens when people are deprived of their ultimate certainty — their finite life? Perhaps this is all just the beginning: the beginning of the end of our finitude.

Festivals & Awards

Sundance Film Festival


World Premiere - Official Selection

Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Documentary



Official Selection

DocsBarcelona International Film Festival


Nominee - Best Documentary

Docville International Film Festival


Winner - Best Scientific Documentary

San Francisco International Film Festival


Nominee - Best Documentary Feature

Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Nominee - Golden Alexander Newcomers Competition


Fascinating. ETERNAL YOU acts like a modern day Wizard Of Oz as it lifts the curtain on the intricate processes of bringing the dead to life. The digital world is familiar terrain for directing duo Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, whose 2018 debut THE CLEANERS, about the world of online censorship, also debuted in Sundance competition and went on to a healthy festival run. ETERNAL YOU should follow in those footsteps and has a strong chance of wider distribution thanks to its balanced yet frank exploration of a seriously hot topic.”

-Screen Daily

Supremely unnerving. As ChatGPT becomes as commonplace as a text message and the path to computer-based divinity continues to shorten at a shocking rate, films such as this become even more vital.”

-The Playlist

Chilling. A worthy, unsettling study. While you may find the tech at the heart of ETERNAL YOU detestable, don’t shoot the messengers. Block and Riesewieck stay out of sight with their work, but it’s a strength that we only hear from those creating and those being impacted by the creation.”

-USA Today

Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck’s ETERNAL YOU observes the burgeoning industry around techno-spiritualism with wry skepticism. ETERNAL YOU is a necessary warning klaxon for our culture’s increasing inability to accept death, just as it finds a techno-economic structure happy to oblige it.”

-Paste Magazine