A director persists in continuing the filming he began while floods are gradually destroying the city.
Tiago goes everyday outside the house to feed the crocodile that killed his brother.
A young man, Iago, wakes up in a hospital waiting room and finds out that he now has to look after his 3yr old brother who he’s never met.
Another Hurried Man
A man must deliver a package to a city that he once had fled and which he fears.
Niels, a twenty-year-old young man, rediscovers a friend became professional rap artist.
Leila is a croupier at the casino and sleeps at the hotel.
A roommate arrives and disturbs his daily life.
A couple have withdrawn to the countryside in an attempt to get the woman out of her depression.
Three young men dressed in military uniforms roam around a ghost town. Walking, taking breaks in a variety of landscapes, they decide to go and see the sea, perhaps for the last time.
A virtual dance. A futuristic blind-date. Two Two geeky and solitary players will meet for the first time and struggle with an unpredictable reality.
Let’s break the sky and take a piece
5 year old Abigail is having a difficult time connecting with her mother after the recent death of her father. One day in her garden, she sees a wolf she claims is a sign of him.
Diplomas Screening 2016
At the Swiss Film Archive
Summer University Montréal
The cinema department is invited to the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal
Diploma film posters
Diploma film sets
Comme des Loups
The Wolf patrol, led by Julie, a young scout leader, goes off wilderness camping in the mountains.
Hugo, a high-ranking scout goes with them to assess the young woman’s leadership skills.
While the young wolves have fun, Julie recalls her first camp when Hugo was a handsome, young
One evening, two robbers try to hold up a gas station. They point their guns at the cashier, who despite their yelling, fails to react the way they’d expected…
Two young boys have stolen some expensive scarves and are being pursued. To get out of town, they hijack a young girl’s vehicle. She ends up following them as they flee.
In an old and isolated country house, Lena, 12 years, lives alone with her mother. She finds refuge in a tree. From there, she sees her older sister Marie and her future husband Eloi arriving for a week-end with the family. Gradually, Lena will grow a fascination for Eloi and will try to attract him in her tree.
Tonnerre de Brecht
In a swiss village hall, Stanislas presents “Mother Courage and her children ” with his troupe of amateur comedians. When his wife catches him in the arms of another, le loyalty of the play is severly tested.
Valentina is waiting for her brother Dino. They’re going to spend Easter together. Only this time, Dino will be accompanied by Leonore.
Camera workshop with Barbet Schroeder
Belle Comme un Coeur
Dans un noir et blanc d’une grande élégance, Grégory Casares raconte la difficulté d’apprivoiser son apparence et les sortilèges de l’amour. Citant Tim Burton ou Miyazaki, Grégory invente un monde magique aux contours inquiétants dont les interstices dévoilent la beauté de l’enfance, sa cruauté aussi.
Film de diplôme, animation, 12min
Jewish Blind Date
Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure.
Surprise ! It’s Victoria’s birthday. To celebrate, her brother is offering her a game of paintball.! Victoria’s lost in the middle of the uniforms, the orders and the guns. Her brother, the team’s captain, doesn’t take care of her. To find her place in the game and in life, Victoria can only rely on herself.
At the age of thirteen, Martin is the main goalkeeper of the FC Cugy junior team. His father trains him everyday and his grandfather films each of his games on his DV camera, despite his nascent Parkinson’s disease. Let’s just say that in the Gaillard family, football is a very important tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
However, Martin is no longer interested in catching balls all day long. He would like to do something else, but no one in his family seems to be listening to him. It is therefore today, the day of the final, that Martin will have to find a way to make himself heard.
La terre rouge. La route interminable. L’enfant qui ne sait pas où on l’emmène. Cette simplicité, Josua ne l’a pas trouvé sans mal et c’est un véritable chemin en lui-même qui l’a poussé à faire ce film sincère et bouleversant.
Film de diplôme 2015, fiction, 15min
At dawn, in a great classical dance conservatory, a boy falls while rehearsing some movements. Something breaks in his foot, causing sharp pain.
The exams are held today but the boy doesn’t give up: he tries to face his dance partner and classmates, convincing himself his body has no limits.
Off the Highway
She’s riding an E-Bike while he is on a normal one.
The road is steep.
It’s 9:30pm in a grocery store in Lausanne, Switzerland. The place is run by Egyptians. In a moment of anger, a father looses patience and disciplines his disobedient child. A shocked customer immediately intervenes to express her concern. Other customers join the conversation, they each put in their two cents and the staff is swamped. This discussion turns into a debate, which into quarrel. The situation gradually gets out of hand and into chaos…
A rehearsal, the second to last before the end of the year show.
Adrienne is about to turn 30 years old. She realizes she's never had an orgasm. She decides to get it by any means.
Leo, a young inexperienced actor, finds himself one night into the clutches of Astrid, an all-powerful film director and devourer of men.
Being too serious
Martin has just been dumped and spends the night hanging out with David, a friend he hasn’t seen for a long time.
Marcel and Suzanne are curious as to what human flesh tastes like. They decide try it out.
A night party like others. Julie is looking for her friend Sara.
Istanbul In & Out
5 Istanbulian postcards around the theme «IN and Out» were directed by the first year cinema class of ECAL.
Through the priest of a village, Matteo lives out his first fears and desires.
L'âge de feu
Hugo is sixteen. He has to spend his easter holidays at his country house, with his mother. He'll meet Céline again, his childhood friend. It's been a long time since they haven't seen each other. She's changed, and him as well...
Juliette, an eighteen year old adolescent, is about celebrate her "three and half year" anniversary with her boyfriend. Her hopes of a perfect date are shattered and make way for a violent break up.
Happyland, an amusement park surrounded by mountains. Two women: one young and the other less so.
The little prince in the land that passes by
Stéphane Lambiel is a famous figure skater and a two-time world champion. Today, he goes from galas to galas on a weekly basis.
Brother and Sister
Ismail and Jade are riding in a car. Ismail is the ‘little one’, Jade is the eldest with authority. The car wanders and gets lost in the city. The harmless teasing comes to a halt when they are faced with an incident that will fester their relationship.
The routine life of Stéphanie, a support worker, ill at ease with herself, but totally dedicated to her work, is overturned by her experience with Tamara, a “white trash Lolita” who is at war with the entire world.
I've got a power
The director films his childhood friend, to show how indestructible friendship can be.
Tim is 23 years old. He stammers a lot. His friend is a charmer. For Tim, seducing a girl is difficult.
Two young women live together in a brothel. The camera captures their daily life in their hours away from work.
Jules est un jeune homme de 21 ans. Son grand-père est sur le point de mourir, il a peur de le perdre.
Il décide dʼaller chercher le Rabbin que son grand-père a bien connu.
A travers ce voyage, Jules sʼémancipe et fait le deuil de son grand-père.
In your arms
Une mère et sa fille: deux immigrées portugaises. Une soirée banale devant le feuilleton. L'ambiance chaleureuse devient étouffante.
A retired couple is given the mission to make a religious film. This amateur shooting will become a rebirth of desire in their relationship.
A film about my illness and my stay at a psychiatric hospital.
C’est l’été. Trois jeunes filles de seize ans passent quelques jours ensemble chez l’une d’entre elles.
The Ambassador & me
A son, a father. The first one holds a camera; the second one holds the title ambassador. The camera trembles, the ambassador remains still.
Starting with a role play and then falling in love, Benoît is going to lose everything…
Celine, 46, lives in a beach resort in southern France. One night, her son appears on her front doorstep. Kevin has run away from his father's house. Over the weekend they will try to get to know each other, not without difficulty.
Back to Mandima
1996. I was 10 when we left our village of Zaire. War broke soon after. A personal journey, back to the childhood, to look for my best friends. But a lot has happened in 15 years.
Bricks & Blocks
Rudy is on the ropes. What keeps him living is the friendship with Martin. One day, he has to take care of an apprentice.
The Girls' Grave
Sissi and Victoria are sisters. Whereas the younger is slowly emerging from the world of childhood, the elder tries in vain to be grown up. In the room that they share, Sissi is preparing for her gymnastic compétition and Victoria has boys coming and going...
Born behind the stones
A partir des photographies de ma famille et de celle de mon petit-ami, je réalise le portrait de deux clans que tout oppose. Et entre les deux: moi.
Kwa Heri Mandima
Childhood pictures, the departure from Zaire when I was 10, my friends Watumu, Angi and Amosi, the big shift from a culture to another, identity, memories and footage...
Raphaël comme Geminiani
What's in a name? Raphaël is trying to meet the man after whom he is named, a former cycling star.
Shabbat, thank god !
"Why tell the truth if a lie can help me achieve my aims." Here the doctrine of Yigael, youthful inner-city Don Juan that too often forgets that lying is an art.
Despite his marginal and extrovert looks, Jérémie is a shy teenager who keeps a heavy secret: his homosexuality. While trying to find his way between his classmate and sexual fantasy Damien and his very generous but protective mother Gina, his life is about to change...
An elderly man from a middle-class family finds himself forced to pass the time with a new companion.
Vincent is having his stag party. He reckons with the presence of his brother Jérôme, but the latter, tired of nocturnal drinking, pays no attention to him any more. Hurt at being ignored by his brother, Vincent breaches the limits of their relationship.
In front of the college where he teaches, Olivier meets a girl who's asking for money. He recognizes Angela, his love from the past. Embarrassed, she leaves. The next day, he meets her again and invites her for a sandwich. She accepts. When Olivier has to pay, he does not find his wallet anymore and Angela has gone. Upset and fascinated, he will follow her in the city. Till what point is he going to trace her?
Marco has a perfect life: he lives in a fine house, has a lovely family and a pretty girlfriend. But on his eighteenth birthday, he has an anxiety attack…
Spaghetti alle vongole
Longing to renew relations with her absent father, a young woman finally finds the courage to confront him with the questions she has always wanted to ask.
A meeting with my brother, who works as a Catholic missionary in the Mexican district of a city in the USA. I am trying to understand him, trying to make a picture for myself of his new life, of the role model that he always was for me, to say goodbye, and also to put his view of the world to the test. Should I make a place for myself inside his dream, or make it my own dream? If you occupy a place in someone else’s dream, you are already defeated.
Stéphanie secretly makes herself “at home” in the luxurious villa where she is employed as a cleaning woman. A duel against the real owner gradually begins, and she takes control of the house.