The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life + Q&A

2018

Director

Zita Erffa

 

Country

Germany, Mexico

 

Duration

93min

 

Date

Sat 8th Sep, 20:30

 

Location

Regent Street Cinema

 

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.

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’