My Life with Carlos

“My Life with Carlos” is the voyage of a son in search of the memory of his assassinated father. It is also the emotional history of a country that refuses to remember. It is the intimate diary of a broken family struggling to overcome tragedy. It is the minimal story of a group of men and women as told by themselves.


  • - "My Life with Carlos" nominated for Adolf Grimme Award

    Good news reached us from the city Marl! Our documentary “My life with Carlos”, funded by the Filmstiftung NRW, MEDIA, [...]

    Good news reached us from the city Marl! Our documentary "My life with Carlos", funded by the Filmstiftung NRW, MEDIA, Programa Ibermedia, Corfo - Gobierno de Chile - Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, CECC and Cine Sur, is nominated for one of the most renowned television awards in Germany, the Adolf Grimme Award 2012.

    Adolf Grimme Award 2012

  • - My Life with Carlos SX Global

    We’re glad to inform you that our documentary My Life with Carlos will be screened at SX Global, which takes [...]

    We're glad to inform you that our documentary My Life with Carlos will be screened at SX Global, which takes place from 11 March to 19 March.

My Life with Carlos

On October 19th, 1973 Carlos Berger Guralnik was killed in the Chilean Atacama Desert alongside 70 other political oppo- nents by Pinochet‘s “Caravana de la Muerte” (Death Convoy). Carlos’s body has never been found. His family’s memories are all that is left of him.
Thirty years later the Chilean director Germán Berger Hertz, Carlos‘ only son, goes on a moving filmic journey to trace the life and death of his father. Berger Hertz meets and unites his depen- dants, which fled into Canadian exile, to finally confront the pain and loss.
The mother of the director has played an important role in Pinochet’s prosecution regarding the death convoy; a political agenda which aimed at totally extinguishing the lives, traces and bodies of its opponents. Therefore, the reconstruction of every single life is also an effort to reconstruct a part of Chilean history.
Through a very insistent visual language, the film shows how whole family structures have changed and how taboos have been sustained for centuries. Alongside a rousing personal search the atrocious history of a country becomes tangible and solidifies through exclusive private archive material from the Pinochet Era. The strength of the film is to discuss repeating political topics (like the Pinochet dictatorship from 1973 to 1989) in novel and unseen ways, and to use letters as a form of narrative to expose the conflicts and juxtaposing actions of the characters affected.
“My Life with Carlos” is meant as a film against the “crime of permanent execution”, as it is said in the judicial parlance. Until today there has not been a closing clearance of the events, there has not been an accusal and Carlos body has not yet been found. And forgetting is the true success of brute force. The story of family Berger, their long lasting try to overcome a tragedy, reflects the fate of a whole country. Germán Berger- Hertz accomplishes this in telling an emotional, unforgettable and due to the continuing regeneration process very actual film.

Director: Germán Berger-Hertz
Assistance Director: Elsa Casademont
Screenwriter: Germán Berger-Hertz, Joaquim Jordé, Roberto Brodsky
Camera: Miguel Littin Menz
Editing: Andrea Chignoli, Danielle Fillios
Music: Miguel Miranda & Jose Miguel Tobar
Sound: Boris Herrera, Andrés Carrasco, Amanda Villavieja, Fredy Gonzalés
Unit Manager: Paula García, Daniel Chirino
Research: Pamela Palma

Producers: Germán Berger-Hertz und Christian Beetz
Brothers Beetz Filmproduktion
Line Producer: Kathrin Isberner, Eva Rink, Bettina Haasen
Production Assistance: Lisa Häfner, Susanne Radelhof
Production Supervisor: Daniela Schöne
Technical Supervisor: Philipp Weigold

La Huella del Gato S.L.
Producers: David Egea, Adriana Hoyos, Félix Rodríguez

Producer: Bettina Walter

Todo Por las Niñas S.L.
Producer: Elsa Casademont, Agueda Moreno, Germán Berger
Line Producer: Flavia Berger, Macarena Concha, Adriana Hoyos, Norma Figueroa, Isabel Ramírez, Tania Honorato

Cinedirecto producciones
Producers: Reinaldina Suárez, Ignacio Aliaga, Paula García, Germán Berger

Commissioning Editor Martin Pieper (ZDF/arte)


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  • (Robert Koehler,

    "Berger-Hertz's film (…) is intensely autobiographical, as he seeks to restore the memory of his father, murdered political prisoner Carlos Berger. Brilliantly constructed and majestically filmed, pic has enjoyed a vigorous, award-festooned fest life that will extend to select theatrical and vid play."