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MOKA 
Directed by: Frédéric Mermoud
2016, 90 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, Diligence Films, Tabo Tabo Films, Sampek Productions
Festivals: Festival du Film de Locarno, Piazza Grande, 2016

Swiss distribution: Frenetic Films
World sales: Pyramide International

La vanité 
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2015, 75 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, Les Films du poisson, RTS, SRG SSR
Actors: Patrick Lapp, Carmen Maura, Ivan Georgiev
Festivals: ACID, Cannes 2015 / Piazza Grande, Locarno 2015 / Festival de Namur 2015 / Festival du nouveau cinéma à Montréal 2015 / Festival du cinéma français à Malaga 2015
Awards: Nominé au Prix Lumières 2016 dans la catégorie meilleur film francophone

Swiss distribution: Frenetic Films
World sales: Wide Management
David Miller wants to end his life. This elderly architect, now ill, doesn’t want to leave anything to chance, so contacts an assisted suicide organization. However, Espe, the woman accompanying him on his quest, doesn’t seem that au fait with the procedures. Meanwhile David tries everything he can think of to convince Tréplev, the Russian prostitute in the next room, to act as witness to his final moments, as required under Swiss law.
Over the course of one night, all three discover that a liking for others – perhaps even love – are curiously tenacious feelings.

Les Ponts de Sarajevo [more info]
Directed by: Ursula Meier, Aida Begic, Leonardo Di Costanzo
2014, 114 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, Cinétévé, Obala Art Centar, Mir Cinematografica, Unafilm, Ukbar filmes
Festivals: En sélection officielle au Festival de Cannes 2014 (séance spéciale)
Contribution d'Ursula Meier, Tišina Mujo est sélectionné aux Kurzfilmtage de Winterthur 2014

World sales: Indie Sales
13 European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins offer exceptional singular styles and visions.

Les Gymnastes 
Directed by: Gilles Monnat
2014, 52 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, RTS
Festivals: Journées de Soleure 2015

World sales: Bande à part Films

Les grandes ondes (à l'ouest) [more info]
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2013, 85 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, Rita Productions, Les Films Pelléas, RTS, Filmes do Tejo
Actors: Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, Francisco Belard
Festivals: Locarno Film Festival 2013, Piazza Grande le 11 août 2013

Swiss distribution: Pathé Films
World sales: Films Boutique

L'expérience Blocher [more info]
Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Bron
2013, 100 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, Les Films Pelléas, RTS
Festivals: Locarno Film Festival 2013, Piazza Grande le 13 août 2013

Swiss distribution: Frenetic Films
World sales: Les Films du Losange

L'Harmonie 
Directed by: Blaise Harrison
2013, 60 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, Les Films du poisson, ARTE, RTS
Festivals: Locarno Film Festival 2013, Cinéastes du présent le 9 août 2013

World sales: Doc & Film International

L'enfant d'en haut [more info]
Directed by: Ursula Meier
2012, 97 minutes

Produced by: Vega Film, Archipel 35
Actors: Kacey Mottet Klein, Léa Seydoux
Festivals: Berlinale 2012
Awards: Ours d'argent, Prix spécial

Swiss distribution: Filmcoopi
World sales: Memento Film
A luxury ski resort in Switzerland. 12-year-old Simon lives in the industrial valley below, with his jobless sister, Louise. Every day, he takes the ski-lift to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from the rich tourists to resell to the local kids back down. As he partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, Simon loses his boundaries, which affects the relationship with his sister. Confronted with a truth they had both been escaping, Simon seeks refuge up above.

Bon vent Claude Goretta 
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2011, 58 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, RTS
Actors: Adrien Barazzone, Elodie Weber, Cédric Leproust
Festivals: Locarno 2011

World sales: Bande à part Films
Claude Goretta directed “L'invitation” in 1973. For filmmaker Lionel Baier, born in 1975, it is like a “travelling companion”, to adapt Serge Daney’s expression. He feels it is definitive proof that a Swiss can be deeply Chekhovian. The young filmmaker goes to Geneva to ask his elder how he achieved the whoosh of water effect in the film, why attention to detail matters so much, and how to film great actors such as François Simon. This encounter with Claude Goretta – but also with Isabelle Huppert, Nathalie Baye, Michel Robin and Frédérique Meininger – leads one of the greatest of Swiss filmmakers to open up about his work.

Dans nos campagnes 
Directed by: Marie-Eve Hildbrand, David Maye, Andreas Fontana
2011, 62 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, RTS

World sales: Bande à part Films

Low Cost (Claude Jutra) 
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2010, 55 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films
Actors: Natacha Koutchoumov, Pierre Chatagny, Adrien Barazzone
Festivals: Locarno 2010, Cinéma Tout Ecran 2010, Brive 2011, FilmFest München 2011

Swiss distribution: Bande à part Films
World sales: Bande à part Films
David Miller has known the date of his death since the age of nine. As it approaches, he spends his final moments with those dear to him and is obsessed with the idea of learning how to tie a bow-tie and the Quebec filmmaker Claude Jutra's falling into water. Shot using a mobile phone over the course of ten years from Lausanne to Ouagadougou, this is a fiction film about the value of human life in an age where everything is at a "discount". Life is priceless; death, however, bargains...

Cleveland contre Wall Street [more info]
Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Bron
2010

Produced by: Les Films Pelléas, Saga Production, RTS
Festivals: Quinzaine des réalisateurs 2010

Work in progress

Toulouse 
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2010, 63 minutes

Produced by: Bande à part Films, LWL Films, La Troupe de la Dentcreuze
Actors: Julia Perazzini, Alexandra Angiolini, Julien Baumgartner
Festivals: FilmFest München 2011, Locarno Appelations Suisse 2011

World sales: Bande à part Films
August 1, somewhere in the Aubonne countryside, Cécile and her ten-year-old daughter Marion have just acquired an old 1970’s Ford Taunus estate car. But the roads through the region at the heart of the north shore of Lake Geneva are much longer and strewn with pitfalls than would appear and their voyage is delayed incessantly. Perhaps, however, the way ahead will open up for Cécile and Marion once the problems have been solved. As far as the moon.

Complices 
Directed by: Frédéric Mermoud
2009, 93 minutes

Produced by: Tabo Tabo Films, Saga Production, RTS
Actors: Gilbert Melki, Emmanuelle Devos, Nina Meurisse, Cyril Descours
Festivals: Locarno 2009
Awards: Quartz du meilleur scénario 2010

Swiss distribution: Vega Film
World sales: Pyramide International
Vincent and Rebecca have been in love with each other ever since they exchanged glances in an Internet café. They are just barely 18 years old and live a carefree life. But two months later Vincent’s body is found in the Rhone brutally beaten, and Rebecca disappears soon after. The investigation of the case is taken up by the 48-year-old policeman from Villeurbanne, Hervé Cagan. He and his colleague, Karine Mangin, try to retrace the chaotic trail of both youngsters as quickly as possible. After bringing to light the young man’s last hours, he is finally able to solve the case. What he finds shocks him to the core, and he stands before a fundamental decision that could completely change his view on life.

Traders 
Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Bron
2009, 52 minutes

Produced by: Saga Production, Les Films Pelléas, RTS
Festivals: Visions du Réél

World sales: Doc & Film International
The filming of the Wall Street Charity Boxing Championship, a gala event where traders fight each other in the ring for the benefit of charity organizations, began on Sunday, September 14th, 2008, the day that Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. While Wall Street witnesses the most serious crisis in its history, Jean-Stéphane Bron interviews the traders caught up in the torment. The testimonies of Evan, Austin, Cecilia and Ben, recorded between their days at work and their training sessions in the ring, link the story together.

Un Autre Homme [more info]
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2008, 89 minutes

Produced by: Saga Production, RTS
Actors: Natacha Koutchoumov, Robin Harsch, Elodie Weber, Bulle Ogier
Festivals: Locarno, Pusan, Varsovie, Rotterdam, BAFICI, Indielisboa, Sarajevo, Göteborg, Filmfest München,
Guadalajara, Journées de Soleure

Swiss distribution: JMH Distribution
World sales: Wide Management
Work in progress

Home [more info]
Directed by: Ursula Meier
2008, 98 minutes

Produced by: Box Productions
Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Kacey Mottet Klein

A family's peaceful existence is threatened when a busy highway is opened only meters away from their isolated house in the middle of nowhere. Refusing to move, Marthe, Michel and their three children find innovative ways to adapt to their new environment. They continue their happy-go-lucky routine despite the daily stress of hundreds of noisy speeding cars. But suspicions about the highway's unknown long-term dangers cause family tension. Remaining in the disrupted household might not be so easy, but it's still their home.

Comme des voleurs (à l'est) [more info]
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2006, 112 minutes

Produced by: Saga Production, RTS
Actors: Natacha Koutchoumov, Robin Harsch
Festivals: Locarno
Awards: DVD du film en vente chez Bande à Part Films au prix de CHF 21.60 (hors frais de port)

Swiss distribution: Bande à part Films
World sales: Bande à part Films
Work in progress

Le créneau [more info]
Directed by: Frédéric Mermoud
2006, 13 minutes

Produced by: Saga Production, Tabo Tabo Films, Canal +
Actors: Emmanuelle Devos, Hippolythe Girardot
Festivals: Clermont-Ferrand 2007 Cannes 2007 Locarno 2007 Soleure 2008

Camille and Hervé are invited to an elegant dinner party on Friday. They are late, as usual. Camille is behind the wheel and concentrates on finding a parking space. The two begin to provoke one other, quarrel and settle old scores. Will the couple still arrive safe and sound at the party?

Mon frère se marie 
Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Bron
2006, 95 minutes

Produced by: Box Productions, Les Films Pelléas, RTS
Actors: Aurore Clément, Jean-Luc Bideau

Vinh, a Vietnamese refugee, was adopted 20 years earlier by a Swiss family and is now about to get married. His Vietnamese mother seizes this opportunity to finally meet the family that loved and raised her son, and to meet the people who write her postcards every Christmas telling her that the whole family is united and thinking of her. But things are not quite going the way these messages imply and the unexpected visit of Mrs Nguyen is going to cause some agitation to the family. They are now going to have to act out the forgotten roles of father, wife, brother and sister… to play the fragile comedy of happiness.

Garçon Stupide [more info]
Directed by: Lionel Baier
2004, 94 minutes


Actors: Pierre Chatagny, Natacha Koutchoumov

World sales: Bande à part Films
That stupid boy is Loïc. He who confuses desire and pleasure, friendship and sex, admiration and success. Loïc, who tries to compensate for what life failed to bestow on him before he grows up. Loïc, who will sleep with anybody, any way. Loïc, who loves Marie too much, or too little. Loïc, who tries to find someone to look up to in the person of Rui, the football player. Loïc is not a stupid boy. One day, he will also try to put together a story.

Mais im Bundeshuus 
Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Bron
2003, 90 minutes

Produced by: Saga Production, RTS
Awards: Prix du cinéma suisse 2004

Work in progress