Europe on the verge of social and economic change. A close up into the shaken vision of four couples, daily struggles, fights, kids, sex and passion. A movie about the politics of love.
Four couples struggle on the edge of mother Europe. In countries troubled by economic and social crises they stumble through life with charme, sex and plenty of passion. A movie about the politics of love. In Sevilla JUAN, 21, and CARO, 23, experience the wonder of a young love. However, Juan is without a plan for the life that lies ahead of him and she desperately needs one. SIOBHAN, aged 28, and TERRY, 23, live in Dublin. When they first met they have fallen for love and heroin like other young habitants of this cold weathered town. But now sober for some time, on their way to lead a common life, their passion seems to disappear. In Tallinn, close to the northeastern border of Europe, VERONIKA, a 29 year old go-go dancer, and her partner HARRI, 31, find themselves caught up in the toil of a patchwork family. Her oldest son proves to be a challenge for Veronikas confidence in Harri. She wants him to accept Artur as his own. Meanwhile in Thessaloniki, Greece, PENNY, 23, is about to leave her longtime lover NIKO, 33, to go to work in Italy. But how do you leave someone who loves you too much?
2016 Berlinale PANORAMA documents - opening film nominated for European Film Award Zurich Film Award
Berlinale - Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Cast and Crew
Director Jan Gassmann
Producer Lisa Blatter, Jan Gassmann, Andreas Hörl, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider
Director of Photography Ramon Giger
Editor Miriam Märk, Roland von Tessin, Jacques L'Amour
Sound Fabian Gutscher
Jan Gassmann (1983) is a director based in Zürich. His first feature documentary CHRIGU premiered at the 57. 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 61. Berlinale, Panorama 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, a collaborative work, premiered in the International Competition at Locarno Filmfestival 2015. and won the Zurich and Bern Filmprize and just got nominated for Best Film by the Swiss Film Academy.
2017 Europe, She Loves 2014 Heimatland, Fiction, ca. 90’ (with 10 directors); Idea, Director (Episode) 2013 Karma Shadub. Doc, 90’; Co-Director, Editor, Producer 2012 Style Wars 2, Doc, 70’; Editor 2010 Off Beat, Fiction, 95’; Author, Director, Editor 2007 Chrigu, Doc, 86’; Director, Editor 2003 With 500 Rupies tu Heaven, Doc, 1o’; Author, Director