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VIRAL is neither a collection of video diaries nor a story about exhausted doctors and tragic deaths during the Corona crisis. It is a character-driven, bitter-sweet account of the struggle, ingenuity, perseverance, and creativity in the face of the unexpected. The film follows the lives of 6 protagonists throughout the period of one year, covering the time before, during, and after the height of the outbreak. As our protagonists encounter conflicts and obstacles and find creative ways to overcome them we follow them through 12 months of ups and downs and unexpected turns.
Today we know that the Corona Virus will accompany us for months and possibly years. VIRAL uses YouTube as a gigantic archive of this ongoing development and – through the unfiltered and authentic material of our protagonists – tells how Corona inscribes itself into our lives and changes them. The dramaturgical condensation of individual stories into a grand narrative is at the heart of this project.
Genre Human Interest
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2020
Directors Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir
Screenplay Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir
Producer Christian Beetz
Co-Producers Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir
Production Company gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, in co-production with UdiVSagi
Runtime 90 min
Format 1:1.78, 16:9
Dubbed Versions German, French
 English, Spanish, German, Malayalam, and others
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals DOK Leipzig Preview 2020
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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World Sales (please contact) Christian Beetz