Programmed by Pierre Oscar Lévy
États généraux du film documentaire 2021 - Sélection "Route du doc - Autriche"
Ebensee, upper Austria, became infamous in May 2009 when a couple of local male teenagers “disturbed” the annual memorial ceremony in the former concentration camp of the town. This feature documentary follows four teenagers from the village over the course of a year.
“It’s sad enough, the things that took place here”… Some of Ebensee’s inhabitants live on the very site of a minor concentration camp devoted to digging a tunnel. The gate survives in the middle of the neighbourhood, but no-one wants to go and see the monument – it’s old news. But it weighs heavily on the disaffected youth filmed in close-up in this movie. They’re not more disaffected than other young people, but differently, undermined by the community’s denial. This is a strange film about the troubles these teenagers suffer, attached to a place where so many people were killed. “You don’t count time when you’re free” wrote the woman of letters and deportation survivor Charlotte Delbo.
Pierre Oscar Lévy