ABOUT

 

DIRECTORS STATEMENT

Autumn comes along in Europe and the streets are boiling. The whole is reflected in its parts - and vice versa. Just as decisions have to be made in Brussels, be it out of rational, emotional or economic reasons, we can observe the same structures in the smallest of groups; a relationship. This documentary about four couples on the edge of Europe becomes a parable of a continent. I‘m portraying my generation, the forgotten, the lost, the dissatisfied. Young people between twenty and thirty. A film without much political talking, but filmed in settings and places, where the political future of Europe will be decided. Four times love. Why? The contrast of the public and private space will convey the feeling of a continent in upheaval. While my protagonists stand in line for work and food, they try to get things to work and survive together. If we go even nearer, words disappear, no one talks anymore, there are only feelings. A touch, a look. In this film I was looking for those interstitials, spaces that usually are being filled with facts. What makes life worth living, if not love? I think documentary filmmaking should not leave the field of love to fiction film and hide behind scientific theories. And also politics should not only be commented in a rational way. A documentary film should transport emotions like any other cinematic genre. The more subjective a film is filmed and edited, the more condensed and precise the look on the topic becomes. No film is neutral.

This is my movie about us, the time bombs, the forgotten with unsure future, but with a lot of love.  


 

Filmography  Jan Gassmann

Jan Gassmann (1983) is a director based in Zürich. His first feature documentary CHRIGU premiered at the 57. Berlinale and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The movie travelled the world and amongst others, he won the «Filmcritics Switzerland Prize». In 2011 followed his first feature fiction film OFF BEAT and premiered at the 61. Berlinale, Panorama was nominated for «Best Camera» by the swiss film academy in 2012.  With his next documentary KARMA SHADUB, he won together with Ramon Giger the Grand-Prix of the international Competition at Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2013. His next fiction film HEIMATLAND, a collaborative work, premiered in the International Competition at Locarno Filmfestival 2015. and won the Zurich and Bern Filmprize and just got nominated for Best Film by the Swiss Film Academy.

2014    Heimatland, Fiction, ca. 90’ (with 10 directors); Idea, Director (Episode)
2013    Karma Shadub. Doc, 90’; Co-Director, Editor, Producer
2012    Style Wars 2, Doc, 70’; Editor
2010    Off Beat, Fiction, 95’; Author, Director, Editor
2007    Chrigu, Doc, 86’; Director, Editor
2003    With 500 Rupies tu Heaven, Doc, 1o’; Author, Director


 

CREDITS

Directed by
JAN GASSMANN


Cinematography
RAMON GIGER

 

Art Direction
ANNE WEICK

 

Original Sound
FABIAN GUTSCHER

 

Assistant Directors
MINNA HINT

WISSAME CHERFI

AMPARO MARTINEZ

GIORGHIA SKAFIANAKI

MAJA GUJINOVIC

 

Original Score
LIBRARY TAPES

 

Cello arranged and performed by
JULIA KENT

 

Remixes
KWEST

 

Editing
MIRIAM MÄRK

ROLAND VON TESSIN

JACQUES L’AMOUR


Producers
LISA BLATTER

JAN GASSMANN

 

Co-Producers
ANDREAS HÖRL

MAREN LÜTHJE

FLORIAN SCHNEIDER

 

Conceptual Advisor
MICHAEL BAUMANN

 

Dramaturgical Advisor
MAX FEY

 

Head of Research in Preproduction
ANNA STÜDELI

 

Additional Research
NATHALIE BRECHBÜHL

 

Assistant Editor
LAURA HEINE

 

Editing Intern
DOMINIK DANZFUSS

 

Assistant Producer
NADINE SCHNAPPINGER

 

 

Right Clearing
INGRID SILBERNAGL

 

Production Accountant
MANUELA WELPMANN

 

Sounddesign
MAURIZIUS STAERKLE DRUX

AT BLUEBOX, ZURICH

 

Radio Recordings
ANNA STÜDELI

 

World Receiver Sounddesign
RAMON GIGER

JAN GASSMANN

Musicmix & Mastering
VINOTH VASANTHAKUMAR

AT POWERPLAY STUDIOS, MAUR

 

Foley Artist
JULIEN NAUDIN

AT MALAKOFF STUDIOS, PARIS

AT BLUEBOX, ZURICH

 

Foley Recordist
LAURANT CHASSAIGNE

AT MALAKOFF STUDIOS, PARIS

 

Foley Editor
FABIAN WEIGMANN

 

CineMix
DAVID WASIELEWSKI

AT ORANGE SOUND, MUNICH

 

Postproduction Supervisor
NINA PÖTZ

AT DAS WERK, MUNICH

 

Color Grading Artist
STEPHAN KUCH

 

VFX Artist
DAVID LAUBSCH

 

Trailer
MARCEL D. RAMSAY

 

Still Photographer
MICHAEL FINK

 

Graphic Design
JONAS LEUENBERGER

 

Illustration
ANNE WEICK

In Association with
HOCHSCHULE FÜR FERNSEHEN
UND FILM, MÜNCHEN

 

Project Supervisor
HFF PROFESSOR
HEINER STADLER

 

Line Producer
HFF FERDINAND FREISING

 

Project Advisor
HFF KNUT KARGER
DANIEL LANG

Technical Support
HFF BORIS LEVINE
GUNTHER HEINZELMANN
MARTIN FOERSTER

 

In Association with
ARTE FRANCE - LA LUCARNE
SOCIETY AND CULTURE
DEPARTMENT
MARTINE SAADA

 

Comissioning Editor
LUCIANO RIGOLINI

 

 



TECH SPECS

Genre Documentary
Duration                110 min
Shooting Format Arri Alexa HD 1:1,85
Screening format
 DCP
Sound Dolby Digital