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The Hottest August Brett Story

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In 1960, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin took the pulse of Paris life with person-in-the-street interviews. In August 2017, nearly 60 years after Chronique d’un été, Canadian filmmaker Brett Story decided to record the anxieties of our time by interviewing New Yorkers. Trump’s ascension to power, the rise of white nationalism, the devastating effects of climate change: where does all this uncertainty lead? What survival strategies are citizens adopting? With opinions as polarized as they are, is “collective conscience” still a meaningful idea? This kaleidoscopic portrait is one of the year’s most lucid, empathetic reflections on contemporary Western society.

The Hottest August

  • Country : Canada, United States
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : English
  • Duration : 95 MIN
  • Cinematography : Derek Howard
  • Editing : Nels Bangerter
  • Production : Bretty Story, Danielle Varga
  • Music : Troy Herion
  • Sound Design : Ernst Karel
Filmography of Brett Story :

Land of Destiny (2010)
The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016)
CamperForce (2017)

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