The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World...

    • Claire Simon
    • France, Belgium
    • 2020
    • 111 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    From a distance, Lussas might look like a tranquil, rural village but big things are going on there. Among the vineyards and cherry orchards of France’s Ardèche region, a handful of idealists are looking to enrich the world with new stories. Their dream is to set up a streaming platform for independent documentaries. And that’s the kind of dream worth fighting tooth and nail for.

    A lot of time and energy has been invested in the Tënk project, and getting up and running is a grueling task. We see experienced producer Jean-Marie Barbe and his team meeting in unadorned conference rooms poring over every detail of their ambitious project. The local mayor is on their side, but it’s a struggle to satisfy the financiers, the subscribers, and the other politicians.

    Director Claire Simon uses her handheld, observational style to create an intimate atmosphere, and the scenes of tirelessly industrious winegrowers in Lussas make for an interesting parallel: no matter whether the final products are documentaries or grapes, everyone in Lussas is fighting heart and soul for something we perhaps too easily take for granted.

    Credits

    • 111 min
    • DCP
    Director
    Claire Simon
    Production
    Rebecca Houzel for Petit à Petit Production
    Co-production
    Les Films de la Caravane, Clin d’Oeil Films
    Cinematography
    Claire Simon
    Editing
    Luc Forveille

    IDFA history

    2020
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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