Archive of films The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life / The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life

Germany / Mexico
2018, 93 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2018

Why did the director’s brother enter a conservative Roman Catholic order, causing him to sever all ties with the outside world? The shooting of this fresh, self-reflexive documentary about an eroded sibling bond becomes the pretext for long-desired personal contact and a therapeutic aid to help her heal herself.


“I am afraid that I am doing something I might not have thought through,” Zita Erffa says despondently in the introduction to her profoundly personal documentary. She sets out for Connecticut to visit her brother Lászlo, who, years earlier, entered the conservative Roman Catholic order of the Legionaries of Christ. Yet her quest to uncover the reasons for this radical decision, which caused him to sever practically all ties with his family, is accompanied by uncertainty as to her own motivations for probing the life of someone close to her. The gentle humour and breezy self-reflection nevertheless gradually transform her confidently directed work into an effective pretext for long-desired dialogue with her beloved brother, and a therapeutic means to help her heal herself.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Zita Erffa (b. 1986, Bangkok, Thailand). Filmography: In Massmanien leben (2011, short doc.)


Petruvski Films
Münchner Straße 12, 83684, Tegernsee
Tel: +49 176 684 009 31

Alibi Communications
Bergstraat 158, 3010, Kessel-Lo
Tel: +32 495 773 882, +32 477 982 584

Press kit

About the film

Color, DCP
European premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Zita Erffa
Screenplay: Zita Erffa
Dir. of Photography: Bruno Santamaría Razo
Editor: Zita Erffa
Producer: Zita Erffa
Production: Petruvski Films
Coproduction: Ojo de Vaca, HFF Munich
Contact: Petruvski Films, Alibi Communications


Zita Erffa

Film Director

Alejandro Guzmán

Film Crew

Brigitta Portier



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