THE BUBBLE

A feature documentary by Valerie Blankenbyl
Documentary  |  92 min |  CH, AUT  |  2021
A co-produciton with Catpics

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. The Bubble explores senior citizen life within The Villages, America’s largest retirement community; a 32-square mile, sun-drenched, beautifully maintained, gated paradise standing in heartland Florida. Residence to over 150,000 retirees, The Villages have 96 recreation centres, 54 golf courses, 70 swimming pools, 3 old-fashioned town squares, and some 3000 social clubs. Alongside numerous cinemas, restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping complexes, a fire department, an acute care hospital, a newspaper, a television network, and a Fox News-affiliated, 24-hour radio station.

 Community residents, leisurely driving customised golf carts across the green fairways and around the pleasant yet identical, small-town American neighbourhoods, are provided with every convenience to enjoy the twilight hours of their lives. And with every reason never to leave. Retired life beneath the year-round Floridian sunshine however, is not perhaps as idyllic, or as welcomed, as many ageing Villagers may imagine.

 The Bubble intimately examines the exclusive retirement experiences, beliefs and mindsets of six memorable Villages residents; Toni and Roger, Jeanie and John, Terry and Toni. Interweaving these satisfied retiree existences with the anxieties of several residents from surrounding counties, the documentary reveals how those beyond the community’s sealed gateways are being profoundly displaced by The Villages’ endless desire for land, water, and regional control.

 Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, by welcoming senior citizens at the expense of nearby county residents, illustrates many of the nation’s most combative dialogues regarding class imbalance, racial inequality, healthcare privatisation, political affiliation, state responsibility, and civic obligation. The Bubble offers viewers an engaging, provocative yet compassionate contemplation of American ways of life, ageing, and death.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR INCOME WERE TAKEN CARE OF?

Just a few years ago, an unconditional basic income was considered a pipe dream. Today, this utopia is more imaginable than ever before – intense discussions are taking place in all political and scientific camps. FREE LUNCH SOCIETY provides background information about this idea and searches for explanations, possibilities and experiences regarding its implementation.

DISTRIBUTION

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FESTIVALS

Vision du Réel, Nyon 2021
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2021

13th Zurich Film Festival
Jihlava Int. Documentary Film Festival
Crossing Europe 2017
Diagonale 2017 – Official Competition
CPH:DOX 2017 – Special Screenings
FIPA Festival Int. de Prog. Audiovisuels
A Design Film Festival 2017
Bergen International Film Festival
Socaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival
Dockville in Leuven
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Festival des Libertès
Foyle Film Festival
Int. Documentary Film Festival CENTER
Millenium Docs Against Gravity
Pan European Screening: 
Against Gravity (Poland)
El Documental Del Mes (Spain)
New Notions Cinema (Northern Ireland)
and Documentary Filmclub (Berlin)
Umwelttage olang in Südtirol
Take One Action Film Festival
Utopia by Goethe Institut:
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv & Haifa

13th Zurich Film Festival
Jihlava Int. Documentary Film Festival
Crossing Europe 2017
Diagonale 2017 – Official Competition
CPH:DOX 2017 – Special Screenings
FIPA Festival Int. de Programmes Audiovisuels
A Design Film Festival 2017
Bergen Int. Film Festival
Socaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival
Dockville in Leuven
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Festival des Libertès
Foyle Film Festival
Int. Documentary Film Festival CENTER
Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
Pan European Screening: 
Against Gravity (Poland)
El Documental Del Mes (Spain)
New Notions Cinema (Northern Ireland) and
Documentary Filmclub (Berlin)
Umwelttage olang in Südtirol
Take One Action Film Festival
Utopia by Goethe Institut:
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv & Haifa

13th Zurich Film Festival
Jihlava Int. Documentary Film Festival 2017
Crossing Europe 2017
Diagonale 2017 – Official Feature Film Competition
CPH:DOX 2017 – Special Screenings
FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels 2017
A Design Film Festival 2017
Bergen Int. Film Festival
Socaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival
Dockville in Leuven
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Festival des Libertès
Foyle Film Festival
Int. Documentary Film Festival CENTER in Moscow
Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
Pan European Screening: 
Against Gravity (Poland), El Documental Del Mes (Spain), New Notions Cinema (Northern Ireland) and
Documentary Filmclub (Berlin)
Umwelttage olang in Südtirol
Take One Action Film Festival
Utopia by Goethe Institut in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa

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INFO

RUNNING TIME – 92 minutes
ORIGINAL LANGUAGES – English
SUBTITLES – German, French, English
LOCATIONS – Florida, USA
SCREENING FORMAT – DCP
SOUND FORMAT – Stereo
ASPECT RATIO – 2.39:1
PICTURES/SEC – 24

CREW

DIRECTOR & SCREEN WRITER       
Valerie Blankenbyl

CINEMATOGRAPHY                    
Joe Berger

SOUND RECORDIST           
Benoît Barraud

EDITING                                          
Nela Märki

SOUNDDESIGN           
Jaques Kieffer

SCORE                                  
Adam Lukas

GRAPHIC DESIGN                                
Sandra Reichel

PRODUCERS                             
Dario Schoch, Rajko Jazbec

CO-PRODUCERS     
Karin C. Berger, Arash T. Riahi

CAST

Toni & Roger Akers
Jeanie & John Ferguson
Lauren Ritchie
Terry Marksberry
Linda Vernon
Toni Hyde
Bill Pownall
Mae Katherine Lee

PARTNERS

Federal Office for Culture Switzerland, Zurich Film Foundation, Austrian Filminstitute, Film Industry Support Switzerland, Film Industry Support Austria, Culture Fund Suissimage, UBS Culture Fund as well as in co-operation with SRF Swiss Radio & Television and ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen.

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