Europe, She Loves

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    Europe, She Loves

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Germany

    2016

    100 min

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Estonian
    • Greek

    Documentary

    It examines the states of mind of heterosexual couples from Seville, Tallinn and Dublin to Thessaloniki. In passing, it also - laconically, humorously, pensively, sexily – measures the temperature of a patient called Europe.

    Awards

    • Documentary Talent Award - DOK.fest Munich
    • Emerging Swiss Talent Award - Zurich FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jan Gassmann
    Cinematography
    Ramon Giger
    Editing
    Max Fey
    Jacques L'Amour
    Miriam Märk
    Roland von Tessin

    Director's 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.

    Sales
    AUTLOOK FILMSALES
    Production
    2:1 FILM GMBH

    Press

    The cumulative effect is undeniably powerful.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    Jan Gassmann sets off in search of that spark of passion that warms us in spite of everything, and finds it in small everyday gestures, those that transform a moment into eternity.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    A surprisingly heterogeneous patchwork of feelings that seem to survive despite the precarity and countless worries plaguing Europe.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Jan Gassmann

    Jan Gassmann

    Switzerland

    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.

    Jan Gassmann is a director based in Zürich. His first feature documentary CHRIGU (2007) premiered at the 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 Berlinale (Panorama) and 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 (2015), a collaborative work, premiered in the International Competition at Locarno Filmfestival and won the Zurich and Bern Filmprize, as well as nominated for Best Film by the Swiss Film Academy. EUROPE, SHE LOVES (2016) was selected at the Berlinale (Panorama) and was awarded at both the DOK.fest Munich and the Zurich Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography