Freedom, utopia and debate… A European short film creation and reflexion around May '68.
Five teams from Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy, Germany and France were formed to work on an ambitious short film project.
The reflexion and the creative approach of the project have been developed around May '68, and more widely on the period leading to the events and then the consequences nowadays. The people taking part, lead by Stephane Elmadjian as artistic director, will try to find out what remains from this period in their respective countries in order to make a collaborative, European and international creation. As the anniversary period of May '68 will see a lot of works and representations meant to illustrate it, the approach of the subject will be deliberately unconventional.
Between 8th and 16th November 2008, during the 23rd Brest European Short Film Festival all the teams will gather in Brest. During the workshop they’ll edit the raw material (sound, archive, interview, photography) they shot, selected and de-rushed previously in their home countries.
There will be a lot of discussions about the perceptions of the May '68 events in their countries and the attitudes that this generation have towards this period in recent history. It is not only a simple meeting, but also a method of artistic and citizenship expression!
At the end there will be one short film which will be screened at the Brest festival. As the participants only have five days until the film is screened, they have to prepare material (interviews, images, archives, etc.) in advance.
For this reason, we have created a special website for them - www.europeanspring.filmcourt.fr! It will inform about the different working steps until the workshop takes place in November and should serve as a place for participants to express themselves, to exchange their ideas and to communicate with one another.
You will find the following information on this website: a short resume, a presentation of the participants and about the organising structures, a space to share the work (images, sounds, documents)...