The Octopus (A European Tale)
La Pieuvre -the Octopus- is the name given by geologists to the coal deposits of Saint-Eloy-les-Mines, a village of central France. After the closing of the state-owned mines, the village's future is now solely dependent on a foreign owned mineral wool factory. The railway is closed, poverty and unemployment has been increasing, and the far right is awakening. Factory workers, farmers, lorry drivers, the unemployed and retired, NGO workers, ex-townies, but also more recently refugees…all learn to live together. Despite its remoteness, the village has never been more connected to global turmoil. Shot just before the yellow vests uprising, the project aims at looking for evidences of a violence to come, while enhancing the invisibility to which the local population had become accustomed to.
Jesper Houborg • Jo Kimmins • Amber Merry • Marella Oppenheim • Flo Prevot •