A group of tired playground visitors meet at night for a last contest. RULES OF PLAY is all about the phenomenon of playing. The playing field is the center of the ritual activities: Role play, gambling, competition and intoxication. Play is free. Play is not “ordinary” or “real” life. Play creates order. Play demands order, absolute and supreme. Today the border between work and play gets smaller and smaller. What happens if nobody questions the rules anymore?
MERLIN FLÜGEL was born in 1987 in Naila and studied at the Offenbach University of Art and Design (HfG). His films include the short animations HOW TO DISAPPEAR (2011), ECHO (2012), the video installation PERIPHERIE (2012), and RULES OF PLAY (2018).