Grégoire Fabvre.

On the 6th of May at 7 p.m. at the bar "B. O." (Muitinės st. 9, Kaunas) was presented Grégoire Fabvre (FR) movie "Passara" and on the 29th of June at 4 p.m. and on 11th, 18th, 25th of July at 5p.m. it moved to the gallery "Meno parkas" (Rotušės sq. 27, Kaunas).

Photo Passara


France/Portugal – 2010 – HDV – 1h 23 mn

Direction – scenario – camera – montage: Grégoire Fabvre

Sound: Christophe Siutat


RESUME 1: Barrancos is a small Portuguese village on the Estrémadure and Andalousie regions border. There lives both Portuguese and Spanish, who speak dialect, where the two of these languages words are mixed. Despite of geographical situation and history these inhabitants never were closed into closed community identity. Just opposite, Barrancos is a model of openness and resistance. During the XXth Century natives of this village resisted the regimes of Salazar and Franco: not avoiding contraband, hiding persecuted republicans and saving not typical tradition of corrida – the real symbol of they double identity

RESUME 2: “Passara“ take us to the meeting with unbendable small town – Barrancos and its inhabitants, distinctive enclave between Spain and Portugal. The history whished for these people to do nothing like somebody else and that this “nothing like nobody else” would became their happiness to be and harmony mystery. Reaching to convey this art of living, Grégoire Fabvre concentrates the plot of his movie on the village’s celebration, whish culmination is not typical corrida with wooden benches put gradually, that raise upon the central square in a couple of hours and with arena of sand, which base is spread by shovels. However, the real movie’s theme tells a story about stability of rituals, about its power to gather community by letting to remain itself, without a fear of looking to the past times and remaining quietly in the face of future times.

RESUME 3: In September of 2009 Grégoire Fabvre took a camera and sound system and travelled to Portugal to film one exclusive appearance and other opposite example. The first one is Catalonia’s Spanish example, where because of negotiable reasons connected with identity corrida is forbidden. The opposite example is – 2000 inhabitants of Barrancos, located on the borders of Spain, whos specifity express peculiar corrida and bull’s death. It is banned everywhere behind Portugal, but here bull-fights are allowed after decade lasted assumed illegality and by all is accepted. By trying to answer the question “why and how Barrancos people fight bull in this way”?, movie “Passara” cross the lines of anecdotes or regular story about corrida. The isolation of tradition unfolds and through separate subspecies of a bull – Barrancos Bull, born between Estrémadure, Andalousie and Alentejo, and through highlighted reasons of this corrida, that been excused by certain caprices of history. This pointed, detailed documentary movie spotlights one community originality and by captured interviews it becomes a portrait of Barrancos people, which thy created. In this way movie opens the deepest points of bull-fights: its inveteracy in popular cultural practise and through that – its universality.

Jacques Durand



Grégoire Fabvre

Born in 1979 in Montpellier. Gained a diploma of Scene Arts at Paul-Valéry University, Montpellier and MA in director speciality at Graduate School of Audiovisual.

Documentaries: “Autour du Taureau” (2002), “Périphérie” (2007), “Rabelais dans tous les sens” (2008, 4 x 52 min), “Memoria de Pedra” (2010, 3 x 60 min) and “Passara” (2010).