Michel Gondry’s Home Movie Factory
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
14 September 2017 – 28 January 2018
For the first time, Michel Gondry’s Home Movie Factory is visiting Germany as part of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Taking the slogan “Frankfurt in French”, France is taking the stage as the guest of honour at the city’s famous book fair and the French director’s project will be shown from 14 September 2017 in the Deutsches Filmmuseum.
The inspiration for the Home Movie Factory was Michel Gondry’s comedy “Be Kind Rewind!” in which two employees of a video store inadvertently delete the films on the video cassettes and decide there and then to reshoot the movies. The amateur versions of the blockbusters are welcomed in the locality with great enthusiasm. Having shot the film, Michel Gondry decided to make amateur films more accessible in real life in order to prove that it is not necessary to have expertise to make a successful and amusing film, but rather to have a good idea and enthusiasm in making it.
Therefore, the Home Movie Factory offers amateur groups of people numbering between five and twelve people the opportunity to produce their own film within three hours. The ideas for films come from the participants, as do the ways of making it and all the acting performances. The Home Movie Factory provides a selection of backdrops that often appear in genre films. A scene might therefore play out in an underground station, a cafe or a gloomy courtyard. Once the theme of the short film has been decided upon, the costumes are selected and then everyone has to work fast for there is only an hour in the plan for the actual shoot. At the end, the film is shown in the Home Movie Factory’s cinema to its makers and is then added to the archive to increase the collection by one more curious item. To date, the Home Movie Factory has visited twelve different places around the world to bring people together and give them the opportunity to indulge in a bit of fun creating something imperfect. For often, the participants first get to know each other when they are filming. The common goal and the crazy, creative work build a special group dynamic and an extraordinary experience.