LOS ANGELES: Millennials are often labeled the “Peter Pan” generation, the kids who refuse to grow up.
It’s a theme gaining attention at the Los Angeles Film Festival this week, with the world premiere of Heis, a cross-media project by French director Anais Volpe.
Using innovative filmmaking techniques Heis follows a 25-year-old artist, Pia, who returns home to live with her mother “because she lost everything all at once,” said Volpe, who picked up the World Fiction Award for the movie on the festival’s final day Thursday.
“Life often hits you like that — you lose a lover, the friends you had in common, maybe also your job—and somehow you have to find your inner balance again.”
The project is simultaneously a feature film, a series of shorts and an art exhibition dissecting the ups and downs that millennials, born in the 1980s and 1990s, face as casualties of a stagnant economy and social uncertainty.
Called “the festival’s strangest, most inventive-sounding offering” by the magazine LA Weekly, the film was selected by the festival, which runs through Thursday, among 5,000 applicants.
Alternating between funny, dreamlike and emotionally charged, Heis—meaning one, or unity, in Greek—is a rapid assembly of shorts that collide recent footage with old home video excerpts, voiceovers and television news excerpts.