THE GENERATION OF SACRIFICE (20’, France, 2011)

 

The unsettling THE GENERATION OF SACRIFICE innovatively mixes the animation, the archive collage and the fictional soundtrack, to recreate the terror of the communist Romania of the 80’s, when the Secret Police aparatus included even very young spies, high school teenagers, convinced to betray their own family and friends. Starting from the Secret Police files, the French filmmaker JEAN CHRISTOPHE makes a sharp and disturbingly topical X-ray of the Romanian mindsets: “After a trip to Romania in 2010, I discovered with surprise how much the recent communist past is still present in the Romanians’ daily life. Many of them use to say “nothing has changed”: the country became neo-liberal in a violent way, but at the political level, the same old generations are in power”. (JEAN CHRISTOPHE)

Director: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

With the support of:

   

 

Cast: CRISTIANA ANGHEL, RADUCU ROBERTO ALEXANDRU

Screenplay: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

Cinematography: ARHIVA NATIONALA DE FILM ROMANIA

Editing: JEAN CHRISTOPHE

Music: THOMAS ROUVILLAIN, ANDI DUMITRESCU

Sound: FLORIN BOGARDO

Production: LE FRESNOY



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Director's contact: jc[at]jeanchristophe[dot]org

 

 

JEAN CHRISTOPHE was born in France of a French father and an American mother of Lithuanian origin. In 1998, he completed an MFA at Prague’s Film Academy FAMU. After working as an art director for Ogilvy in Budapest, he moved to Italy, where he directed short films to support social campaigns, and then he collaborated with Colors Magazine, where he created photographic essays and wrote articles covering social themes—first in Eastern Europe, then in New York City. Whilst in New York, JEAN CHRISTOPHE joined Journeyman Pictures in 2001 to work on the film MARIA FULL OF GRACE. In 2006 he began a long-term project about transitional states in the Eastern Bloc. His work in Kosovo in 2007 and Abkhazia in 2008 was supported by UNICEF. JEAN CHRISTOPHE has just completed a two-year fellowship at LE FRESNOY.

 

FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) - Biarritz 2012 / Prix de l’innovation- Festival de l’Acharnière, France 2012 / Prix Pro - Art Court Vidéo Film Festival , France 2012

 

“I contacted historians, politicians, artists and filmmakers who allowed me to access the archives. I then selected the slices of history which allowed me to rebuild a scenario portraying the Romanian generation of the 80s, my generation. After reading the folders of the secret police, I wrote a script for personalizing the history. I then worked with two young Romanian actors who impersonated a boy and a girl from that period, that could have been their parents. The work on both the visuals (archive and animation) and the sound, with the help of the new technologies, was crucial in order to not only to recreate the atmosphere of the era, but also the sense of contemporaneity, of a past which doesn’t pass by. The main purpose was to create an organic cinematic reality, so the spectator won’t be able anymore to tell the difference between the archive images, the fictional script, the propaganda songs and the Secret Police texts. I worked with a Romanian animator to make the archive material look actual in a subtle manner. Trying to include my vision as a filmmaker inside the existing propaganda footage, we worked “frame by frame” on details: for example, we created focus on areas of the image where I would have pulled focus if I had been the filmmaker at that time. We color corrected, created new motions, modern depth of fields and exact lighting in the existing footage.“ (JEAN CHRISTOPHE)

 

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