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CALABRIA

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.

AWARDS

Award for Best International Competition Film, Doclisboa’16 (Lisbon – Portugal)
– Award for Best International Competition Film, FIDBA 2017 (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
Special Jury Mention, Visions du Réel 2016 (Nyon – Switzerland)

FESTIVALS

Visions du Réel 2016, International Competition
Festival de Locarno 2016, Swiss Panorama
Doclisboa 2016
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
– Festival International “Etonnants Voyageurs” 2017
Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris
Rencontres du film documentaire 2017, Mellionnec
– Atlantida Film Festival 2017
Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2017, International Competition
FIDBA 2017, Buenos-Aires International Documentary Film Festival, International Competition
Open City Documentary Festival 2017, London
CineMigrante 2017, Buenos Aires
Flahertiana IDFF 2017, International Competition
– Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2017, Main Programm
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2017,  International Competition
– Festival de Cine Europeo en el Perú 2017, Lima

MOVIE RELEASE

Summer 2017  in German-speaking Switzerland
Automn 2017 in French-speaking Switzerland

PRESS

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

Articles
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)

TEAM

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