I Want To See The Manager

Hannes Lang

Reflecting on the effects of economic progress and globalisation, this film takes the audience on a trip across the planet. From India’s slums and Bolivian lithium mines to the megapolis Beijing and the United States, where a scientist argues that death will cease to exist in the 21st century thanks to modern technology.

In seven chapters, this episodic documentary researches the current shift within the geopolitical power structure in order to unveil the interconnected destinies of those who inhabit this planet. After one look at our planet, any visitor from outer space would immediately ask to see the manager. So wrote William S. Burroughs in his time, and here is a film that examines if his words still stand.

With the cool gaze of an anthropologist from another planet, it accompanies us around in a world that is at once declining, progressing and constantly undergoing change. Director Hannes Lang’s film is also a reminder of the fact that change is basically due to people with dreams, hopes and fears – and with not always rational ways to realise their plans.


Hannes Lang
Hannes Lang, Mareike Wegener
Country of production
Germany, Italy
93 minutes
Spoken language
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Spanish, Thai
Production company
Petrolio Films
World Sales
Deckert Distribution