Le Laboratoire Central | Calabria (eng)
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by Pierre-François Sauter
117 min. / documentary / 2016

CALABRIA is a road movie in a hearse. After the death of a Calabrian emigrant who came to Switzerland to find work, two undertakers, Jovan and José, emigrants themselves, travel from the north to the south of Italy to repatriate the deceased to his home village. Jovan, a gypsy who was singer in Belgrade, believes in life after death, while José, a Portuguese man with a passion for culture, believes only what he sees. Together, all of them face the trip’s surprises and contingencies. Their voyage at once pays tribute to the dead person and celebrates Life.


Visions du Réel 2016, International Competition, Special Jury Mention
Festival de Locarno 2016, Swiss Panorama
Doclisboa 2016, Award for Best International Competition Film
RIDM 2016 Montréal, International Competition
Paraloeil Rimouski, Québec
51e Journées de Soleure 2017, Swiss Panorama
4doc Cinema Ideal, Lisboa 2017
Porto/Post/Doc, Hà Filmes Na Baixa!, Porto 2017
14e DocumentaMadrid 2017, International Competition
Beldocs, International Documentary Film Festival 2017
57th Krakow Film Festival 2017, Film Festivals Award Winners
– Extensoes Doclisboa’16, Torres Vedras 2017
– Atlantida Film Festival 2017
– Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2017, International Competition
– Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2017, Main Programm


On June 29th, 2017  in German-speaking Switzerland
– Zürich – Kino Houdini: Special screening on June 29th at 6:30 pm, with José Russo, Jovan Nikolic and the director
– Luzern – Kino Bourbaki
– Bern – Kino Rex
– Basel – Kult.kino
– Engelberg – Kino Engelberg
– Winterthur – Kino Cameo
– Chur – Kinocenter
– Olten – Lichtspiel


Press kit
(to download photos and documents, please ask us the password)

Décadrages – entretien avec PF Sauter (fr)
24 heures (fr)
Film-documentaire.fr (fr)
Cineuropa (engl)
Panorama-cinema.com (fr)
Cinelapsus.com (it)
Filmexplorer.ch (it)
Espalhafactos.com (pt)
Expresso (pt)
Diaro de Noticias (pt)
Das Kulturmagazin (d)
Filmbulletin (d)


With Jovan Nikolic and José Russo Baião
Written and directed by : Pierre-François Sauter
DOP : Joakim Chardonnens, Pierre-François Sauter
Sound : Patrick Becker, Masaki Hatsui
Picture editing : Anja Bombelli
Sound editing : Jérôme Cuendet
Sound design : Étienne Curchod

Production : Nadejda Magnenat, Le Laboratoire Central, Hercli Bundi, Mira Film.
In coproduction with RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, documentary unit.
With the financial support of the Federal Office of Culture, Cinéforom and Loterie Romande, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Fonds culturel Suissimage, Succès Passage Antenne, Succès Cinéma.
Project development supported by a grant from the Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA)
(working title : En chair et en os)

Teaser video