You’re The Best Thing About Me

EPFC | December 11th, 2019

guest curator: Doug Klinger

theme: hybrid music video/documentaries

Director Tatia Pilieva’s 2017 video for “You’re The Best Thing About Me” by U2 is a hybrid music video/documentary about love and separation. The film profiles a newlywed military couple, high school sweethearts, a Syrian refugee family in Greece, and a young couple from Mexico City – all in the final 24 hours before one partner in each couple has to leave. The unbelievable access Tatia and her team were able to gain for this film, and the feat of organization it must have taken in order to pull it all off, deserves to be celebrated. But what really makes this film special is Tatia’s ability to tell rich and authentic stories, while keeping them grounded, despite using them in a music video for one of the biggest bands of all time. She creates something that feels both global and intimate, a spirit can be found it a lot of U2’s music. Tatia effectively taps into the feeling of love and loss that all of these people are feeling, and is able to connect them all together through their parallel experiences.