In 2018 Jean-Gabriel Périot teamed up with ten film students at a school in Ivry-sur-Seine to work on a project linking cinema and politics. The students worked both in front of and behind the camera, restaging scenes of strikes, resistance and labour disputes from films made between the late 1960s and the late 1970s, including ones by Godard and Tanner. Nos défaites assembles the results and adds interviews in which the director probes the students about the scenes they have just acted in, exploring concepts such as class, labour unions and political engagement. A simple yet trenchant setup that gives viewers a glimpse of how a younger generation sees politics.
Jean-Gabriel Périot (Bellac, 1974) has made and edited numerous films in a wide range of different formats and fields, including features, shorts, documentaries and fiction films. L’Alternativa has been screening films by Jean-Gabriel Péirot for many years, including 21.04.02 (2002), We Are Winning Don’t Forget (2004), Eût-elle été criminelle (2006), Nijuman no borei (2007, l’Alternativa Award 2007), L’Art délicat de la matraque (2009), The Devil (2012) and We Are Become Death (2014). His first feature, Une jeunesse allemande, won the Critics Award at l’Alternativa 2015. This year's Festival has a dedicated parallel section on his work.
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