An Ulrich Seidl Film Production

Logline

The Maynards and their children lead an almost perfect billionaire family life. Amon is a passionate hunter, but doesn’t shoot animals, as the family’s wealth allows them to live totally free from consequences.

Sundance Catalogue Text

In this social satire, directors Daniel Hoesl and Julia Niemann push the rich’s untouchability to an extreme, revealing the consequences of an unchecked system and the dangers of a world where people are not accountable for their actions. The Maynards cannot be stopped, not by another man’s word, or journalistic evidence, or even the law. Now there’s only freedom: without limits and impossibilities, no matter the violence. Those with wealth are free to do as they please, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. The Machiavellian family study allows the rich to be as fearsome and violent as they pretend to be kind and giving.—AE

Directors’ Statement

Once you follow the money trail, you will find a small group of super-rich individuals whose global operations and alliances are far more powerful than our democracies; whose influence reaches far beyond the sphere of our nation states. In fact, our states have become customers of their banks and corporations.

Our billionaire protagonist Amon Maynard is such an individual. He is charming and his manners are perfect. He never had to ask to be above the law. He just is. It is a strangely liberating feeling – but where’s the fun in that? If you keep pushing and pushing the limits of what is legal – how far can you go?

We must ask ourselves: Why aren’t we putting an end to this? Don’t we have it in our own hands?

“Veni Vidi Vici” is a film about winners and losers, capitalism and values, entitlement and boundaries.