Life Could Be So Beautiful

Angelika Herta

FR / PL / DE
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This film has been nominated for the Audience Award endowed with 1,000 euro. Please vote after watching the movie.
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A documentary film accompanying a film-maker couple biking through France one summer, retracing the steps of Polish author Andrzej Bobkowski who wrote a diary of this journey in 1940 as World War II was in full flow. The film’s main focus is on their research work, but the trip ends up with them facing questions about their own relationship. Life could be so beautiful without all the fears, false expectations and frustrations. A humorous road movie about a couple on a journey of discovery, also about themselves.

Life Could Be So Beautiful is the award winner 2021 of the net Shoot – KHM+IFFF Dortmund+Köln Award for Female Artists of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

In collaboration with Dokomotive.


Angelika Herta

Idea of Project

Filip Jacobson


Angelika Herta, Filip Jacobson


Lara Rodríguez Cruz


Angelika Herta, Filip Jacobson, Peter Lange


Norman Peplow


Karolina Galuba – Furia Film; Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln


Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln



Portrait of Angelika Herta

Angelika Herta

Angelika Herta was born in Austria, completed school in Istanbul and studied comparative literature in Vienna, in Reunion, and in Toulouse. She then worked as an assistant lecturer at the University of Bucharest. Since 2012 she has been teaching at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She also works as an assistant director and teaches film courses on documentary film-making. She is a member of the Dokomotive collective, a platform for artistic documentary film-makers.

Films by Angelika Herta
Things We’ve Lost & Traumland (in Produktion) | Der beste Weg 2014 | Und jetzt, Bobkowski? 2014 | Das ist Polen/To jest Polska 2013 | Talking Letters 2013 | Man of Iron 2011 | L’appel de l’orient 2005