Grève ou crève

Strike or Die

In his hometown, a former industrial site in Lorraine, Jonathan Rescigno follows individual people and draws loose connections between their stories. Two friends, sons of Arab immigrants, pass their time idling at local fairs and discos. Another man donates smoke grenades and helmets to the mining museum, mementoes of miners’ strikes in the 1980s and ‘90s. An older coach works with young boxers, training them for a fight. Archive video material showing the escalating mining strikes separates these narrative threads. Little by little, relationships develop between the individual stories, with questions emerging about labour struggles, solidarity and the shifting meanings of these terms in the present day. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Grève ou crève (Strike or Die, 2020, doc) - Territorial Pissing (2016, video installation) - Berlin Answering (2014, video installation) - Henry (2012, doc short) - Core ‘ngrato (2012, video installation) - Avec vue sur la mer (2012, doc short) - Destination Lune (2011, doc short)
Arbeitswelten | Working Worlds 2021
Jonathan Rescigno
France 2020
93 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Jonathan Rescigno
Cinematography Hervé Roesch, Jonathan Rescigno
Editing Jérôme Erhart
Sound/Sounddesign Jérémie Vernerey
Music Manfred Miersch, Jonathan Rescigno
Producer(s) François Ladsous, Brigitte Ducottet, Emmanuel Georges
Supermouche Productions, viàVosges, Le Fresnoy
World Sales
Taskovski Films
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Berlinale 2020