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DOK Leipzig 2014

Vendanges ('The Harvest')

Healthy Workplaces Film Award

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) presented its sixth Healthy Workplaces Film Award at the 57th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) in November 2014.

‘Harvest’ (Vendanges) by French director Paul Lacoste was the recipient of the 2014 Healthy Workplaces Film Award. The film follows a group of grape-pickers in the south of France. Despite their precarious working environment, the diverse group work together to form a special community.

“There is no easy way of life,” says one of the characters as the film develops a carefully crafted narrative through a flowing storyline and a visual approach in unison with the landscape.

The characters are treated with dignity and respect, and beneath the small talk there are deeper stories to be told; sub-plots emerge, each one like a small fruit on the bunches of grapes they are picking. 

A special community is described through impressive images in the style of an impressionist painting, producing a complete film with strong detail – true to nature and true to its protagonists.

Paul Lacoste