This Means More

Nicolas Gourault

IndieLisboa 2020 •

France, Animation, Documentary, 2019, 22′

Images of crowd simulation are confronted with testimonies from Liverpool Football Club’s supporters who recall Hillsborough’s stadium disaster, in 1989, where 96 people died. Stadiums are reflected as places for both release and control.

Nicolas Gourault applies the techniques he has used for Forensic Architecture to his film studies at Le Fresnoy. He uses the possibilities of 3D modeling and crowd simulation software, crossed with the collection of testimonies and archival materials (maps, photographs, television reports) to embody an event from the past that has crumbled in memories, but which redefined the football industry. “This Means More” is an emotionally powerful political essay on the community nature of a sport that is now for the elites. (Ricardo Vieira Lisboa)