E•PIS•TO•LAR•Y: LETTER TO JEAN VIGO

Lynne Sachs • United States, Spain • 2021 • 5 min.

Lynne Sachs
United States, Spain • 2021 • 5 min.

SYNOPSIS

In a cinema letter to French director Jean Vigo, Lynne Sachs ponders the delicate resonances of his 1933 classic “Zero for Conduct” in which a group of school boys wages an anarchist rebellion against their authoritarian teachers.
Thinking about the January 6, 2021 insurrection in the United States Capitol by right-wing protesters, Sachs wonders how innocent play or calculated protest can turn so quickly into chaos and violence.

Commissioned by the Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival program “The letters that weren’t and also are”. Spain, 2021.

AWARDS

Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen
Oberhausen Film Festival. Germany
Jury’s Choice Award
Black Maria Film Festival. U.S.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

Punto de Vista Festival of Documentary Film. Spain (2021)
Sheffield Doc/Fest. UK (2021)
Cinema Parallels Film Festival | Focus on Lynne Sachs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (2021)
Cryptofiction. UK (2021)
Mimesis Documentary Festival. U.S. (2021)
New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. Russia (2021)
Festifreak, La Plata International Independent Film Festival. Argentina (2021)
Exground Filmfest. Germany (2021)
Cámara Lúcida Festival Int’l de Cine Contemporáneo | Mirada Epicentro: Lynne Sachs. Ecuador (2021)
BOGOSHORTS Festival. Colombia (2021)

TRAILER

CREW

DIRECTOR
Lynne Sachs

SCREENWRITER
Lynne Sachs

EDITING
Rebecca Shapass