Directed by Bálint Révész, documentary, 89 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Meredith Colchester, Ruben Woodin-Dechamps, Bálint Révész
With Rosanne Colchester, Gudrun Dechamps, Lívia Révész, Meredith Colchester, Ruben Woodin-Dechamps, Bálint Révész
An English WWII spy, a dancer from Nazi Germany and a Hungarian communist Holocaust survivor – three grannies, never having known or met each other, are about to embark on an anarchic journey into the past with their cheeky and fun-loving grandsons. Granny Project is a complex road movie about intergenerational dialogue taking place in the UK, Germany and Hungary, the result of a seven-year-long investigation of three young men coming to terms with their heritage through the extraordinary lives of their grandmothers. These guys move back and forth across Europe at the same time as their grandmothers set off on a virtual journey of memory, being transported back to their youth as well as the terrible times of WWII.
It’s a coming of age story of three young men and a ‘coming out of age’ tale of their grandmothers, an experiment to form a language, which the forthcoming generations could use to keep the values generated in the 20th century alive. In a time when old people are so often left at the margins of modern societies, following in the footsteps of Meredith, Ruben and Bálint, we could maybe remind ourselves about the importance of sharing some time with our grannies (& grandpas) and all that we could still learn from each other.
Hungarian Film Critics Prize 2018 (Best Documentary, Best Editing)
Taiwan Documentary IFF (New Generation Award)
DOK Leipzig 2017 (MDR Film Award)