A Day in the Open

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    A Day in the Open

    En Dag am Fräien

    Directed by



    20 min

    • Luxembourgish


    Christophe and Caroline have fallen out of love. A day in the open is what he has in mind to win her back. Shot on a shoestring budget, with a script based on the actor's own experiences, this intimate portrait seeks to blur the line between what we consider documentary and fiction.


    • Special Mention - Winterthur Shortfilms IFF
    • Second Award - Bueu Shortfilms IFF
    • Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis


    Labels & Line Ups


    Christophe Kintzinger
    Caroline Luzzu
    Victor Azenedad
    Raymond Bous
    Andy Scholtes
    Yannick Her
    Steve Weber
    Nadine Krier
    Joe Denis Kieffer
    Leland Schneider
    Kimberley Schneider
    Anne Kieffer
    Mickael Monteiro
    Marco Vitali
    Guy Schwickerath
    Jean-François Wolff
    Gabriel Minea
    Pol Steffen
    Govinda Van Maele
    Gilles Chanial
    Narayan Van Maele
    Marc Recchia
    Kyan Bayani
    Joe Anderson

    Director's Statement

    I first met our actor Christophe Kintzinger while shooting my previous project, a relatively straight-forward feature documentary on Luxembourg and its rock music. We crossed Christophe’s path by chance as he and his friends were hanging out at the schoolyard of the town he was living in that summer. He was about the same age as me, 26 that year, but appeared to be doing little else than living the life of an eternal 16 year old, parentless and with unhindered access to drugs. I kept in touch with him, visiting his town many times over the course of a year. I took photos, filmed and listened to his often hilarious stories. Somone observed that he was like a drugged out version of TINTIN, jumping from one adventure to the next - a very close description. We had grown up in the same country, never further apart than 60 km, yet his life was so far removed from everything I had known growing up in Luxembourg that he might just as well have come from a different continent altogether. He had been a heroin user for many years, but by the time I met him had been off the drug for 3 years, yet he still frequented the same people and the same places – it is hard to hide in a country as small as ours. His personality fascinanted me, naturally I started thinking about a film I could make with him, but I wasn’t quite sure about the approach to take. I knew I didn’t want to do another documentary just yet, but wasn’t interested in straight fiction either. I set out to write a script, intended as a guideline. A script broad enough to incorporate any changes the actors might evoke during rehearsal and shooting. It had to be a film not merely about him, but with him. The first script had to be discarded about a month before we started shooting. Christophe had fallen head-over-heels in love with Caroline and now he did not want to shoot with any other girl than her. So I changed the script, incorporated dialogues I picked up from their conversations and used a storyline revolving around their relationship. During rehearsals it was Christophe and Caroline who dictated in what way they would play a scene or speak a particular piece of dialogue. By the time we started shooting, they knew so well what was required of them that the actual shoot at times resembled a documentary. It could be hard to make out when the acting would morph into actual living and back into acting. In a very strange way the script’s storyline merged with what they were going through as a couple, completely blurring the line between the written and the real. In the end I find it hard to decide who is the author of the film, it sort of had a life of it’s own.



    A wonderful journey alongside two outcasts with an ability to capture the complexity of human feelings into an unforgettable portrait.

    Winterthur Shortfilms IFF Jury

    Govinda Van Maele

    Govinda Van Maele


    I’m not very interested in objective reality, whatever that might be, but I find it essential that my film stays true to me and the realities of the world I live in. I find genre cinema, and particularly film noir, a great way to approach very real and relevant societal issues in an indirect and satirical manner.

    Born in 1983 in Luxembourg, Govinda made his first films as a teenager. His three last short films JOSH, A DAY IN THE OPEN and YOU GO AHEAD won him awards and special mentions among others in Hamburg, Nice and Winterthur and were sold to Arte and Canal+. He lives in Turkey and Luxembourg, where he curates genre films at the Cinémathèque and co-founded the production company Les Films Fauves.

    Selected Filmography