Grève ou crève

Strike or Die
In his hometown, a former industrial site in Lorraine, Jonathan Rescigno follows individual people and draws loose connections between their stories. Two friends, sons of Arab immigrants, pass their time idling at local fairs and discos. Another man donates smoke grenades and helmets to the mining museum, mementoes of miners’ strikes in the 1980s and ‘90s. Another has had an accident at work and doesn’t know how to respond to the false statements his boss has put in the insurance report. An older coach works with young boxers, training them for a fight. Archive video material showing the escalating mining strikes separates these narrative threads. Little by little, relationships develop between the individual stories, with questions emerging about labour struggles, solidarity and the shifting meanings of these terms in the present day. Clouds of mist pass through the film again and again: across workers’ estates, through the museum, past the one-time headquarters of the mine. Is the struggle over, or it is still smouldering? Or is something altogether new gathering on the horizon?
by Jonathan Rescigno France 2020 French 93’ Colour Documentary form


Written and Directed by Jonathan Rescigno
Cinematography Hervé Roesch
Editing Jérôme Erhart
Music Manfred Miersch
Sound Design Jérôme Petit
Sound Simon Apostolou
Producer François Ladsous

Produced by

Supermouche Productions

Jonathan Rescigno

Born in Forbach, France in 1980. He studied Art and Film in Metz and Strasbourg. In his short films and video installations, Rescigno deals with the shifting borders and social realities of his home region of Grand Est, located near the French-German border. Grève ou crève is his first feature-length film.


2012 Destination Lune; 26 min. · Avec vue sur la mer; 21 min. · Core ‘ngrato; 10 min. · Henry; 40 min. 2014 Berlin Answering; video installation 2016 469; video installation · Territorial Pissing; video installation

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020