The Bubble


Documentary. In the United States, there is a sprawling city of 155,000 retired people, equipped with 54 golf courses, 70 swimming pools, and its own news organization. The thousands of residents of ‘The Villages’, in Florida, live isolated from the world in a bubble of leisure in which age is no longer an issue. But everything has a cost, which is paid by the flora, fauna and the local population. Is this the future of the American dream?

Valerie Blankenbyl

Born in 1984 in Vienna, Austria, she studied Graphics and Advertising at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She did an artistic residency at the Fabrica in Treviso, Italy. She studied a Master in Cinema program, at the ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste). The Bubble (2021) is her third documentary feature film.

Thursday, October 28th, 2021. 7 p.m
Cines Golem

Colaboration with Another Way Festival

Year of Production: 2020

Running Time: 92’

Country: Switzerland and Autria

Language: English. Original version with Spanish subtitles

Director: Valerie Blankenbyl

Cast: Yousef Sweid, Ohad Knoller, Ruba Blal and Zohar Liba

Producers : Catpics, Golden Girls Filmproduktion and Schweizerische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft (SRG)

Production Company: Anagram Sweden

International Sales: Deckert Distribution

Main Festivals and Awards: ‘The Bubble’ world-premiered at Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, at the International Feature Film Competition and was selected by the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, at the Feature length International Competition Section.


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