People of the Lake

Gens du Lac
  • Jean-Marie Straub
  • 2018
    • Switzerland
  • 18 min
  • Production
  • Belva Film GmbH

It is the discovery of a document recognising the services rendered by two fishermen from Lake Geneva during the Occupation that triggered the investigation undertaken by Swiss author Janine Massard in her novel Gens du lac, published in 2013. Jean-Marie Straub retraces the itinerary of the son, Paulus – just as he and Danièle Huillet had followed that of Jean Bricard just over ten years ago in the last film they made together. Gens du lac does not depart from the rule that sets each Straubfilm as an account of a historical situation in which men have resisted (Daney). Shot aboard a boat and hardly ever leaving the lake’s waters, the film depicts the life of this only son who has found brothers over the course of his fishing – be it his first steps in the trade, the help given to fugitives and deliveries of provisions to the Resistance, or his contribution to the emergence of a new Left in post-war Francophone Switzerland. Finding the seeds of a political act in this unconditional hospitality, Straub gradually dissipates the peaceful impression and conservative spirit of this “friendly, even emollient” landscape, and distinguishes between the silence “recommended during the hostilities” from the silence that subsequently enjoined people not to disturb the political order. While the people of the lake do not guard a frontier, they do, on the other hand, belong to a front. (Antoine Thirion)

  • Friday 23 March 2018 15H00 Petite Salle

    French original Version Subtitled in English + debate

    Film Projeté avec : Beyond the One de Anna Marziano Voir la grille
  • Saturday 24 March 2018 18H45 Salle 300

    French original Version Subtitled in English + debate

    Film Projeté avec : Beyond the One de Anna Marziano Voir la grille
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 21H00 Luminor

    French original Version Subtitled in English

    Film Projeté avec : Beyond the One de Anna Marziano Voir la grille