Our economic system has made itself invisible and eludes understanding. In recent years, we have often had little more than a diffuse and unsatisfactory feeling that something is going wrong. But what?

The documentary film OECONOMIA reveals the rules of the game of capitalism and makes visible in an episodic narrative structure that paradoxically the economy only grows when we are in debt, that profits are only possible when we are in debt.

Beyond the distanced phrases of media coverage, which ultimately make it impossible to understand the monstrous logic behind the basic structures of our everyday lives, OECONOMIA sets out with great perspicacity and lucid stringency to break things down to the simple rules, to illuminate the capitalism of the present.

A zero-sum game is discernible, a game that places us and our entire world in the logic of an endlessly perpetual increase in capital – no matter how much the cost. A game that is played to the point of total exhaustion and is perhaps nearing its end.



Country of Production

Year of Production


89 min

Carmen Losmann

Petrolio Film in coproduction with ZDF/ 3sat

Original Language
German, English


Festivals / Awards

Berlinale 2020
CPH:DOX 2020
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020
Zürich IFF 2020
Bergen IFF 2020
Astra IFF 2020
IDFA 2020
Inconvenient Films 2020
Ji.hlava IDF 2020 (Winner of the TESTIMONIES competition section)
L'Alternativa Barcelona 2020
Antenna Selects 2021
Oslo Pix 2021
Docville Leuven 2021
ZagrebDox 2021
Moscow International Experimental FF 2021
AJB DOC 2021
Qara IDF 2021
New Holland Island Int. Debut FF 2021

// German Grimme Award 2022 for Carmen Losmann (Author/Director) and Dirk Lütter (DOP)