Austria / Germany 2017, 95 min, English and German, Hebrew & English subtitles

What if the government provided you with a monthly income, allowing you to forget all your money troubles and spend your time doing anything you liked? Would you sleep in every day? Or finally find the time to realize your creative dreams? The idea of a basic income, regardless of employment, has been circulating since the 1960s, with plans enacted in Canada, The US, Germany, Switzerland, and Namibia. Economists, philosophers and social activists see it as a solution to the problems of the middle class, in a world where technology makes most of our jobs redundant. On the other hand, conservative politicians are worried about losing control over a populace that isn’t dependent on a workplace. How would all this look to observers from the 24th Century?

Previous Festivals:

FIPA, CPH DOX Copenhagen


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  • Sat 13.05 22:00 Cinemateque 2
    Extra screening due to high demand
  • Mon 15.05 17:45 Cinemateque 4
  • Sat 20.05 10:30 Cinemateque 4
Director & Script: Christian Tod
Production: Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger, Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
Production Company: Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices Gmbh
Editing: Elke Groen, Cordula Werner
Cinematography: Lars Barthel, Joerg Burger
World Sales: Autlook Filmsales GmbH (


Born in 1977 in Linz, Austria, Christian Tod is an
accomplished economist, currently working on his
dissertation thesis about unconditional basic income. His
debut film, "Fatsy P The Last Cowboy of Austria"
(Documentary, 54min, 2007) received an honorable
mention at Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz in 2007.
Christian Tod's first feature length documentary "Es
muss was geben" (104min, 2010) was the opening movie
at Crossing Europe's 2010 edition, was chosen for the
official selection at Filmfest München in 2010 and got theatrically released nationwide in
January 2011. Being a success with both audience and critics, „Es muss was geben“ firmly
established Christian Tod as an auteur filmmaker. For his current and most ambitious movie
“Free Lunch Society – Come Come Basic Income” Christian Tod fell back upon his scientific
expertise and made a movie about the subject of both his diploma and dissertation: the
unconditional basic income. The documentary “Free Lunch Society” (95 min, 2017) was
produced by Golden Girls Filmproduktion (Austria) and OvalFilm (Germany) in cooperation
with arte/ZDF and ORF and will have its cinema release in 2017.