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 9 - "Blurred borders"
Directed by: Laura Schroeder
Martelange, a ghost town in the north of the country, is cut into half by the Belgian border. Alcohol, wine, tobacco, petrol, all at Luxembourgish prices! Christian Degraux, the manager of the company that owns most of the shops here, shows us his world. Between Luxembourg and Belgium, between his job and his private life, lonely car journeys, a house move, the opening of a new restaurant, what is the price you pay when you no longer drink in a place where everything revolves around alcohol?
About Laura Schroeder
After her studies in Paris and London, Laura writes and directs two short films, Senteurs (2008) and Double Saut (2011), both shown at numerous international festivals. In 2009, she creates Luxtime – Jacques Tati revisited at the National Theatre in Luxembourg. It is also performed at the Festival of Avignon. In 2012, she directs her first feature film Schatzritter – An d’Geheimnis vum Melusina, as well as two episodes for the sitcom Comeback. At present, she is working on the feature film Barrage, co-written with novelist Marie Nimier, as well as her next theatre production, Das Ding aus dem Meer, a play by Rebekka Kricheldorf (January 2016).