Empire Me

a film by Paul Poet
World Premiere: JIHLAVA International Documentary Film Festival

Austria/Luxembourg/Germany 2011 // 90min // 35mm


Have you ever dreamed of an utopia within our crisis-struck new world order? This feature length documentary deals, in a road-movie manner, with maverick people worldwide trying to realize their visions of a different world and society. Micronations. Neo-Communes. Self-Declared Kingdoms. Underground Temples. Swimming Cities. Paul Poet explores these counter-worlds in six episodes, looking at and behind their self-styled posture of little big statesmen subverting the common rule and portrays their struggles and motivations. Dropping out in the twenty-first century means hard work and personal sacrifice on a tightrope between creative independence and heroic failure. A critical journey through a vibrant modern subculture fueled equally by cinema verite and punk panache.

Written & Directed by

Paul Poet


Enzo Brandner, Gerald Kerkletz, Jerzy Palacz


Joe Knauer, Atanas Tcholakov


Karina Ressler

Assistant Editor

Paul Schön

Production Management

Andrea Minauf, Kathrin Isberner

Production Coordination

Maria Wischnewski, Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Post-Production Management

Sabine Kraberger

Editorial department ZDF / ARTE

Martin Pieper


Johannes Rosenberger, Bady Minck, Christian Beetz


Navigator Film, AMOUR FOU Luxembourg, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion

Supported by

Filmfund Luxembourg, Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI), ORF (Film-/ Fernsehabkommen), Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg, ZDF / arte, Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF)


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Awards & Nominations

Prix du Film Rebelle - Aubagne International Film Festival 2012
Special Jury Award Grand Remi for Best Independent Documentary Feature, Worldfest Houston 2012
Nomination for Best Central European Documentary @ Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2012
Nomination for Best Documentary @ the European Film Awards 2011


Diagonale Graz 2011 - Austria
45 Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2011 - Germany
Exground Festival Wiesbaden 2011 - Germany
Pärnu Int. Documentary & Anthropology Film Festival 2012 - Estonia
Jihlava International Documentary Film festival 2012 - Cezch Republic
WorldFest - Houston International Film Festival 2012 - USA
Aubagne International Film Festival 2012 - France
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2012 - USA
Univerciné Nantes 2012 - France
SPINES Performancefestival - Goethe-Institut Johannesburg 2012
Havanna International Festival of Latin American Cinema 2012 - Cuba