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What if the murder of tomorrow could be prevented today?

To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. It is, but it’s also real – and happening right now. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, we, the citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data – our every move, message and purchase tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong? Or biased?? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done?

PRE-CRIME travels to Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich and other places to show predictive policing techniques in action, to investigate their opportunities and dangers and to meet people who use them and those who have been victims of them. Who is – and who isn’t – protected by the algorithm?

The film exposes the creators of this technology, how they work and who really benefits from their invention. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our own freedom. But how much freedom are we prepared to give up for the promise of total security?

PRE-CRIME is a wake up call for all of us. A science fiction scenario, both fascinating and scary, has arrived in our everyday life. Welcome to the real Minority Report.

RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES presents PRE-CRIME a KLOOS & CO MEDIEN production in coproduction with WESTDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK in association with ARTE with the support of FILMFÖRDERUNG HAMBURG/SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
FFA FILMFÖRDERUNGSANSTALT  DFFF DEUTSCHER FILMFÖRDERFONDS  MDM MITTELDEUTSCHE MEDIENFÖRDERUNG  CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

Written and directed by MONIKA HIELSCHER & MATTHIAS HEEDER

Produced by STEFAN KLOOS

Director of Photography SEBASTIAN BÄUMLER

Additional Camera FRIEDE CLAUSZ, KONRAD WALDMANN

Sound Recording KAI HESSELBARTH, SEBASTIAN LÖFFLER, CASPAR MÜLLERS, MARKUS CM SCHMIDT

Editor CHRISTOPH SENN

Line Producer MICHAELA PŇAČEKOVÁ

Production Crew TANJA BANDMANN (USA), MARIS SALUMETS (UK), JASMINA SIJERCIC (F)

Sound Editing JÖRG THEIL

Sounddesign and Mixing MARKUS BÖHM

Original Score PARADOX PARADISE – JOHN GÜRTLER, JAN MISERRE, LARS VOGES

Colour Grading KAY DOMBROWSKI

Grafik UNFOLD

Commissioning Editor SABINE ROLLBERG (WDR/ARTE)

World Sales RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES

Directors:

Monika Hielscher and Matthias Heeder have been making documentary films together for more than 20 years. Their primary focus is on investigative documentaries with strong story-telling; their body of work includes theatrical and TV docs for ARD, ZDF, ARTE and others. They are based in Hamburg, Germany.

Selected filmography:

PRE-CRIME, 2017
MONEY IN MINUTES, 2015
FROM BASAR TO WALLSTREET, 2011
MRSA – THE SILENT DISEASE, 2010
CLONED CREATURES, 2008
DISPOSABLE PEOPLE, 2005

 

Director of Photography:

Sebastian Bäumler, born 1977, has worked as a cinematographer since his diploma from the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg in 2009. He is based in Munich and his focus is on documentary projects.

He is a member of the German Film Academy and won the Deutsche Kamerapreis in 2007, the Kunstpreis für Film und Medienkunst of the Akademie der Künste in 2012 and the award for a masterful work of cinematography at the International Film Festival Listopad 2013 in Minsk.

 

 

 

Selected filmography:

PRE-CRIME, 2017
DOG SOLDIERS, 2017
WAR OF LIES, 2016
GOODBYE G.I., 2013
I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK – THE TEA PARTY, 2012
YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, 2012
THE WAR WITHIN, 2008

 

Editor:

Christoph Senn, born 1969 in Wintherthur, Switzerland, ranks among the best and most versatile editors in Germany. He edits for film, TV and commercials in Europe and the US since 1996. He works on fictional and documentary projects and has a special talent when it comes to rhythm and music in film. He is based in Hamburg, Germany.

 

 

 

Selected filmography:

PRE-CRIME, 2017
HOSTAGES OF THE SS, 2015
JOURNEY TO JAH, 2013
THE VIKING WOMEN, 2013
YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, 2012
THE MEDICI’S TRAIL OF BLOOD, 2012
CHALLENGING CHURCHILL, 2012
100 YEARS OF HOLLYWOOD – THE UNIVERSAL STORY, 2011
FROM PIONEERS TO MILLIONAIRES, 2010
PATRICIA KAAS – MA VIE, 2009
COUNTDOWN TO GROUND ZERO, 2006
BODY OF EVIDENCE, SEASON V, 2006
AL-QAEDA, 2003

 

Music:

Paradox Paradise is a composers’ and producers’ collective, consisting of John Gürtler, Jan Miserre and Lars Voges. They specialize in authentic soundtracks and songs. They create emotional music and characteristic sounds with the use of live instruments.

John Gürtler (*1981)  has won multiple awards including “Best Song in a Film” in 2014. He has been associate lecturer for music and sound design at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg, the Media Academy Darmstadt and the HSD Düsseldorf for many years.

Jan Miserre (*1981) has won the GEMA-Musikautorenpreis in 2013 in the category “New Talent” together with Torsten Goods, and also the second prize at the Instant Composing Contest at the Transatlantyk Film Festival.

Lars Voges (*1975) has been touring around the world with multiple bands, among others in the renowned Royal Albert Hall in London. As a musical director he put together the backing band of The Baseballs that went on to take the European charts by storm and received various awards. He composes his own songs courtesy of Universal Music, composed scores for films and commercials and produced multiple albums spanning multiple genres.

 

Producer:

Stefan Kloos (*1968) is the managing director of both the documentary distribution company Rise And Shine World Sales and Kloos & Co. Medien, one of the most active German production companies for international co-productions for cinema and TV. Kloos is a Grimme Award-winner, a member of the German Film Academy and of the European Film Academy. He is a member of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and AG DOK and an alumni of the Documentary Campus Masterschool. He has a strong track record as a creative producer of international documentaries and regularly teaches and tutors internationally on documentary film production and distribution.

 

Kloos´ producer´s credits include award-winning titles such as: Last Men in Aleppo, A Modern Man, Bugs, Transit Havana, You Drive Me Crazy, Away From All Suns, Walking Under Water, Holy Cow, The Other Chelsea, and others.

Sehpferdchen – Filmfest für die Generationen, Hannover and Braunschweig, Germany 2018
Fraud Film Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2017
Kasseler Dokfest, Germany 2017
Verzio Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary 2017
InScience Dutch International Science Film Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands 2017
Beat Film Festival, Moscow, Russia 2017
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, USA 2017
Chicago International Film Festival, USA 2017
Visioni dal Mondo, Immagini dalla Realtà, Milan, Italy 2017
Filmfest Hamburg, Germany 2017
Nuremberg International Human Rights Festival, Germany 2017
Zürich Film Festival, Switzerland 2017
Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Austria 2017
Bergen International Festival, Norway 2017
DOK.fest München, Germany 2017
Milennium Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw, Poland 2017
Hot Docs, Toronto, Canada 2017