28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A filmmaker and a young, left-wing activist named Pierre meet outside amidst the pandemonium of civil unrest. Every Saturday, they take to the streets of Paris in support of the yellow vests movement. Originally, when the yellow vest protests started in November 2018, it was about calling for affordable housing and cheaper fuel prices. Later the protests expanded to include demands for economic justice and the French president's resignation. The film consists of footage shot from the heart of the crowd and authentic interviews with opponents and supporters of the movement. The author's introspective voiceover thematizes the passion and romantic feelings brewing inside her despite the brutality and urgency of the demonstrations.
“It’s the thread of loving passion and unreasonable bewitchment that the filmmaker has chosen to pull upon, as a mirror to the fiery, revolutionary hopes of a social movement gathering together individuals from very different horizons every week on the streets of Paris.” (Fabien Lemerciera)
biographyFrench-born creative Laurie Lassalle (* 1984) studied literature, fine arts, and film at Paris-Sorbonne University. Following her studies, she directed video clips and was the member of a band. She works as a film editor and director for documentaries and feature-length films. Her film I Made My Own Course Down the Passive Rivers (2014) was screened at Cannes.
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