Open City Documentary Festival

April 2024
across London
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The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life + Q&A

[1] Director Zita Erffa, [3] Country Germany, Mexico, [4] Duration 93,

Zita Erffa and her brother László were always close, so when László announced he was moving to a monastery in Connecticut, Zita was shocked and confused. This choice meant that the siblings would only be allowed to see each other once a year, corresponding otherwise only through letters. Eight years on, Zita secures permission to spend two weeks filming her brother inside the monastery and finally confront him about his decision. A fascinating insight into the ultra-conservative Catholic brotherhood of the Legionaries, The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life is a cathartic, intimate study of family bonds and religious devotion.

+ Q&A with director Zita Erffa. UK Premiere. 

Supported by the Goethe-Institut.

Screens with:
Praise Dance | Leila Day of The Stoop Podcast | 2017 | USA | 6’

Nominated for the Emerging International Filmmaker Award Zita Erffa was born in Bangkok in 1986. After finishing school in Jakarta, Indonesia, she studied International Development and Philosophy in Munich. From 2010 until 2018 she studied at the Film School HFF in Munich. In 2014 she visited Mexico, where her mother was born, and studied Documentary at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) and started working on The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life.”