Romania, Germany 2019
Fundația pentru Arte Vizuale
In 2013, five young aspiring German film makers feel it is their responsibility to document the Ukrainian Maidan. How could one not deeply care for an event happening at only 2000 km from the center of Europe? In a rent caravan, armed with the latest camera and sound equipment, the film students enter Ukraine shortly after the Maidan demonstrations have been brutally dispersed by the authorities.
Not knowing what else to film and still filming everything, the students think they can, at least, go to Tchernobyl and find there something of interest. But entering the forbidden area proves to be an even more illusory task, filled with unpleasant adventures and unexpected encounters.
There is already a long tradition of the found footage documentary. The genre’s typical suspense comes from the fact that the surviving filmed material contains clues about how the film makers met their fate. „Evropa“ is trying to establish a slightly different genre: the abandoned footage documentary; in it, we get to understand how the film makers survived their footage.