Hi, AI

Germany, 2019 | 87 Minutes | A film by Isa Willinger

With an AI, you have to keep your sentences short and to the point. This piece of advice is given to Chuck as he‘s picking up his robot partner Harmony fresh from the factory. In Tokyo, Grandma Sakurai is given the cute robot Pepper, so that she feels less lonely. How will robots and artificial intelligence change our lives? This stunning emotional documentary shows us tomorrow‘s world today.



    Humanoid robots are like new creatures on our planet. They work at reception desks, in shopping malls or as chefs. And they are coming into our private lives…

    „With an A.I., you have to keep your sentences short and to the point.“ This piece of advice is given to Chuck as he’s picking up his new robot partner Harmony fresh from the factory. Together they go on a road trip through California. As it turns out at a second glancing, the sex robot Harmony likes books and can ad lib quote Ray Kurzweil.

    In Tokyo, Grandma Sakurai is introduced to the cute robot Pepper, a present from her son, so she has someone to keep her company. But soon Pepper turns out to be quite capricious, finding the old lady’s conversation topics of little interest.

    While Harmony and Chuck are searching for love, and Pepper and Grandma are killing time, pressing questions arise: How will robots and artificial intelligence change our lives? What will we win, what will we lose? And, who will be the main actors in the future world? The documentary shows us tomorrow’s world today.


    Isa Willinger is a documentary filmmaker from Munich. She studied film at the University of Television and Film Munich and she has an MA in Slavic Studies and American Studies. Isa spent one year in New York City, on a Fulbright scholarship, enrolling in film and sociology programs at the New School University. In 2010, she started researching the Constructivist buildings, while she lived in Moscow on a scholarship by the DAAD. Isa has been working on topics like gender, social upheavals, human rights, film theory and embodied film perception. Michael Ballhaus produced a social spot that she wrote and directed, dealing with energy consumption.


    Writer & Director
    Isa Willinger

    Stefan Kloos

    Julian Krubasik

    Stephan Krumbiegel
    Olaf Voigtländer

    Line Producer
    Maria Shilik
    Veronika Janatková

    Robert Pilgram

    Tim Höfer
    Yoshitake Hashimoto

    Sound Design & Re-Recording Mixing
    Clemens Becker
    Philipp Sellier

    Kloos & Co. Medien

    Commissioning Editor ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel
    Claudia Tronnier

    World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales


    Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
    FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
    Deutscher Filmförderfonds
    Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
    Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA of the European Union


    Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2019
    Best Documentary

    German Film Award 2019
    Nomination as Best Documentary

    XIVth International Science and Educational Film Festival „The World of Knowledge“, St. Petersburg, 2019
    Grand Prix


    World Premiere
    Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2019, Saarbrücken, Germany

    Internationale Premiere
    CPH:DOX 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Further Festivals (Selection)
    Visions du Réel 2019, Nyon, Switzerland
    Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2019, Toronto, Canada
    Silbersalz-Festival 2019, Halle (Saale), Germany
    Beldocs – Belgrade Documentary Film Festival 2019, Serbia
    Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2019, Poland
    Resene Architecture & Design Festival 2019, Aukland, New Zealand
    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, UK
    Odessa Film Festival 2019, Ukraine
    Filmfestival Kitzbühel 2019, Austria
    Brisbane International Filmfestival 2019, Australia
    Bratislava One World Film Festival 2019, Slovakia
    Montréal Nouveau Cinema 2019, Canada
    Cambridge Film Festival 2019, UK
    Antenna Film Festival 2019, Sydney, Australia
    Margaret Mead-Film Festival 2019, New York, USA
    International Science Films Festival 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia
    Docville – Documentary Film Festival Leuven 2019, Belgium
    Camerimage 2019, Łódź, Poland
    Verzio – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2019, Budapest, Hungary
    IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2019, The Netherlands
    Milano Design Film Festival – #MDFF WORLD TOUR 2019, Hong Kong