Director: Andres Veiel

Germany, 2020



A court drama, as low-key as it is spectacular, about the climate catastrophe. It is 2034, and 31 nations have filed suit against the Federal Republic of Germany claiming damages for the consequences of climate change. Ecocide moves masterfully between the past, present and future, between docudrama and fictional documentary.

About Director

Andres Veiel is considered one of the most distinguished protagonists of politically engaged art in Germany. One of his distinct characteristics is the intense and in some cases multiannual research for his projects. From 1985 until 1989 Andres Veiel studied psychology at FU Berlin and at the same time received a training in film dramaturgy and directing by the Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. For his films A Winter Nights’ Dream (1991), Balagan (1993), The Survivors (1996), Black Box BRD (2001), Addicted to Acting (2004), The Kick (2006), If Not Us, Who? (2011) and Beuys (2017) he received numerous awards including a European Film Award and several German Film Awards. With his futuristic court room drama Ecocide (2020) he sparked a discussion about Germany’s responsibility for climate change. Andres Veiel was awarded the Konrad-Wolf-Award in 2005, the DEFA Award for the Advancement of German Film Art in 2006 and the Federal Cross of Merit First Class in 2017. He is a member of the German Film Academy and the European Film Academy.


Cast: Friederike Becht, Nina Kunzendorf, Utsav Agrawal, Edgar Selge, Ulrich Tukur, Sven Schelker