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 7 - "The dog handler"

Directed by: Thierry Besseling and Loïc Tanson

Having worked as head of the Croix Rouge Dog Section for the past twenty years, Jerry dedicates himself to saving human lives with the help of his dogs. Throughout his adventures, a number of four-legged companions have guided the hardened dog handler with their wet noses, and every single one of them has left a lasting impression on Jerry’s life. Today, Syrah, his young dog in training, is supposed to become his latest ‘war machine’. But it’s a long hard road to becoming an accomplished and qualified rescue dog.

About Thierry Besseling and Loïc Tanson

Thierry Besseling and Loïc Tanson have been working together for seven years. In 2010 they directed their first short film in Luxembourg: Laaf. Three years later, they shot Le Faux Départ in Burkina Faso. Eldorado, which they co-directed with Rui Abreu and which tells the story of four Lusophone immigrants whose hopes and disillusions collide over a period of three years, has been advertised in cinemas throughout the country since the 16th March. The film was selected for the documentary competition of the Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016. In 2016, they will be shooting their third short film, entitled Sur Le Fil.