Regional Competition

The Bubble

Valerie Blankenbyl
Screening time  
04.04. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 2 Ticket
05.04. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 5  
10.04. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 1  

The Bubble explores senior citizen life within The Villages, America’s largest retirement community, where residents are provided with every convenience to enjoy the twilight hours of their lives. Retired life beneath the year-round Floridian sunshine however, is not as idyllic, or as welcomed, as many ageing Villagers may imagine. Interweaving satisfied retiree existences with the anxieties of several residents from surrounding counties, the documentary illustrates many of the nation’s most combative dialogues regarding class imbalance, racial inequality, healthcare privatisation, political affiliation, state responsibility, and civic obligation.


Valerie Blankenbyl

Valerie Blankenbyl is an Austrian documentary filmmaker. After studying graphic design and advertising in Vienna and being an artist in residence at Fabrica in Italy for two years, Valerie graduated from a master degree in filmmaking in Switzerland. She has lived in several different countries and has directed three feature length documentaries. She is now working on her next film projects.

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The Bubble

Switzerland, Austria
2021, 90'

Directed by:
Valerie Blankenbyl

Screenplay by:
Valerie Blankenbyl

Joe Berger

Edited by:
Nela Märki

Adam Lukas

Dario Schoch, Rajko Jazbec

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel (2021)
Diagonale (2021)
Thessaloniki DF (2021)
Astra IFF (2021)
DOC NYC (2021)
Kassel Dokfest (2021)
Festival dei Popoli (2021)


Deckert Distribution
Hanne Biermann