Eternal You

  • Sundance
  • cph
  • San Francisco
  • hotdocs
  • docville
  • DOKfest

Startups are using AI to create avatars that allow relatives to talk with their loved ones after they have died. An exploration of a profound human desire and the consequences of turning the dream of immortality into a product.




87 min


Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck



ETERNAL YOU accompanies people from around the globe who use artificial intelligence (AI) to “connect with the dead”. Joshua chats day and night with the digital clone of his deceased first love and lets her take part in his everyday life. Christi just wants confirmation that her late best friend is doing well in heaven, but has a harrowing experience with his AI likeness. Jang Ji-Sung meets the VR clone of her deceased 7-yr-old daughter. The inventors of the services deny any responsibility for the profound psychological consequences of those experiences. Numerous competitors hope for a lucrative market, as religious and collective forms of mourning are losing relevance. Is this the beginning of the end of finitude?


Hans Block
Moritz Riesewieck


Christian Beetz
Georg Tschurtschenthaler

Executive Producers

Kathrin Isberner
Christopher Clements
Julie Goldman
Anna Godas
Oli Harbottle
Lizzie Fox
Davis Guggenheim
Jenny Raskin
Kelsey Koenig

Co-Executive Producer

Meryl Metni


Patrick M. Müller


Lena Raith
Zora Nessl



Anne Jünemann
Lisa Zoe Geretschläger

Directors of Photography

Tom Bergmann
Konrad Waldmann


Gregor Keienburg
Raffael Seyfried

Sound Design

Jonathan Schorr

Dialogue Editor

Robert Keilbar

Re-Recording Mixer

Tobias Fleig

Commissioning editors

Christiane Hinz, Jutta Krug – WDR/arte
Dirk Neuhoff, Barbara Biemann – NDR
Matthias Leybrand, Carlos Gerstenhauer – BR
Mirjam Dolderer – SWR
Rolf Bergmann – rbb
Urs Augstburger – SRF
Sven Wälti – SRG SSR
Barbara Truyen – VPRO

Eternal You

In co-production with

  • WDR
  • NDR
  • BR
  • SWR
  • rbb
  • SRF
  • VPRO
  • Docmine

In association with

  • Motto Pictures
  • Concordia
  • Impact Pictures
  • Arte
  • ORF
  • NRK

Funded by

  • BKM
  • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Film und Medien Stiftung NRW
  • Creative Europe