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
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