Manifest of Nobodies
Joint Project 2017 of the MA Serial Storytelling at the ifs internationale filmschule köln
Fame, sex, innovation, and excess were an art form in Paris in 1925. The war was over and the Lost Generation was free again to play at night. Ascending artists from all over the world met here to experiment. For a group of ex-patriot geniuses, it was a time and place for inspiration, and they would forever change the way we view the world. Their names are instantly recognizable to this day, but in 1925 they were struggling to define who they were: Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Luis Buñuel, and Ernest Hemingway.
»Manifest of Nobodies« is a portrait of their personal lives during the Parisian avant-garde when drugs, sex and euphoria were in the air, as much as despair and loneliness. Where did Picasso hang out? Who were Cole Porter’s gay lovers? It shows the affairs of the Fitzgeralds, the gossips of Hemingway, the inspirations of Buñuel…
»Manifest of Nobodies« was developed as a semester project simulating a professional writers’ room at ifs. It is a show about a group of friends before they became our idols. The drama, inspiration, and relationships behind their masterpieces.