4K Video, 20:30 min, 2019

Short Synopsis:

SUGAR, an emotional robot with a soul, fights against the narcissism of socially deadened humans.

Longer Synopsis:

In a post-apocalyptic world not much unlike parts of the present, SUGAR (Frank Willens), a humanoid robot that can feel, think and dance, is sent out to bring back a human touch to people. SUGAR finally encounters a HON (Human Organism Normal) (Bjørn Melhus), a post-influencer who passes his time in a sort of eternal commercial in an underground techno cell. SUGAR tries to free HON from his prison of routines, speech and movement loops and hopes to build a true encounter – an interaction, a dialogue. The tragicomic narrative of this encounter and its failure raises general questions about consciousness, ego-turbo-capitalism and the dream of the collective.

SUGAR is an experimental science fiction film.


SUGAR in its original conception was presented as an installation. For exhibition views from “Free Update” (2019) please refer to the website of KINDL Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin.

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Production Team:

Written, directed & edited by Bjørn Melhus
SUGAR: Frank Willens
HON: Bjørn Melhus
Sugar’s Voice: Alena Williams
Director of Photography: Eike Zuleeg
Camera Operator: Jens-Christian Wanzeck
Chief Lighting Technician: Julian Lück
Assistant Lighting Technician: Natalie Pusch
Lighting Consultant: Andreas Schwab
Set Design & Props: Markus Bertuch
Costume & Make-up: Julia Neuenhausen
Eyes for Sugar: Ole J. Melhus

Location Manager & Eye-operator Sugar: Felix Laubscher
Set Construction: Philipp Halisch, Michael Wiehl, Christine Würmell
Set Assistant: Paula Godinez
Production Intern: Christian Roncea
Set Photographer: Ralf Henning

Sound Design: Wolfram Spyra, Felix Andriessens
Music: Wolfram Spyra & Roksana Vikaluk
Re-Recording Mixer: Felix Andriessens

Postproduction Supervisor: Ben Brix
Special Effects: Antonis Kalagkatsis
Graphic Design: Javier Benítez-Pinzón
Colorist: Stefan King

Producer: Yuki Jungesblut for Limboland Productions
Produced by: Bjørn Melhus/ Limboland Productions

Special Thanks: Meg Stuart, KU64 Dr. Ziegler & Partner Zahnärzte, GRAFT Architects, Galerie EBENSPERGER RHOMBERG, Werkleitz Gesellschaft

Thanks to: Medienwerkstatt im Kulturwerk des bbk berlin

Made with the support of:

Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)
Filmförderanstalt (FFA)