Video series: Luxembourg life in all its various facets
This summer RTL Today is presenting a new 24-part documentary series taking an offbeat look at Luxembourg life. While they are subtitled in English, there is no voice-over, with people speaking their various languages. The series was first broadcast on RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg in 2015.
Each episode is the work of a different director from the K-13 collective. He or she follows a person within their community, permitting the spectator, through that person's daily life, dreams and personal conflicts, to immerse themselves in a new reality. Containing no commentary or judgements, the series is inspired by documentary observation films, giving each producer the chance to offer his own view on a given situation.
Between a drug addict's woes and the adventures of a Luxembourg family on holiday, the episodes can take on a more serious or light tone. All concern a single person's destiny, but are at the same time incorporated into a larger socio-cultural community, which is finally that of Luxembourg. The complementary nature of the various episodes give the viewer a highly-nuanced view of our country and its inhabitants.
routwäissgro: episode 2 - "A classical education"
Directed by: Yann Tonnar
Nadia started playing the violin when she was 3 years old. Her innate talent means that today, at the age of 14, she needs to decide whether she wants to embark on a professional career or not. The episode A classical education by Yann Tonnar shows the consequences of this decision, as well as the problems involved in juggling school and music academy. This is an intimate portrait of a young girl who has to make some big decisions.
About Yann Tonnar...
After completing an MA in Visual Culture at the University of London in Middlesex, Yann Tonnar started off as a reporter for RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg in 1999. He completed various internships at production companies in Paris and Berlin and then trained at the New York Film Academy in 2003. Back in Luxembourg, he set himself up as an independent director and now makes documentaries, often shining a light on society (Weilerbach, Schrebergaart, Mir wëllen net bleiwen), and at the same time cultivates a strong link to the musical world (the film De Bopebistro Tour, as well as numerous video clips), and to theatre and art (with the film Atelier Luxembourg and by regularly working with Casino Luxembourg – forum of contemporary art). He wrote and directed two episodes of the sitcom Weemseesdet and he is the creative producer of the series routwäissgro. He is also general secretary of LARS, the Luxembourg association of directors and screenwriters.