France 2019, 94 min, French, Hebrew & English subtitles
Be it the social unrest that preceded the Paris riots of 1968, the general strike, or the street battles—young people were always at the center of it all. They wanted to change the world, or at least their corner of it. What remains of their defiance now, fifty years later? Director Jean-Gabriel Périot (whose film German Youth was screened here at Docaviv) gathered a group of film students to reenact, direct, shoot and act in scenes from famous films that captured the zeitgeist of those times. Interviewing the students, he tries to find out how much of that rebellious spirit resides in them, whether they understand what their parents’ generation had fought for, and whether those social and political problems are still relevant today. The answers are not always simple.
Production: Frédéric Dubreuil
Production Company: Envie De Tempête Productions
Cinematography: Amine Berrada
Soundtrack: Claire Goldmann-fournier, Ségolène Fuila, Dana Farzanehpour
Born in France in 1974, Jean-Gabriel directed several short
movies and develops his own editing style with archives.
Between documentary, animation and experimental, most
of his works deal with violence and history. His short works,
including "Dies Irae", "Even If She Had Been A Criminal…",
"Nijuman no Norei" and “The Devil” were shown in
numerous festivals and were honoured by many prizes. “A
German Youth”, his first documentary feature film, opened
the Panorama section of the Berlinale 2015 and was
released in France, Germany and Switzerland and received
many prizes in festivals. “Natsu no hikari (Summer Lights)”,
his first fiction feature film, was premiered in the San
Sebastian film festival 2016 and shown in festivals before its
release in French cinemas in 2017.