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.


Award for Best International Competition Film, Doclisboa 2016 (Lisbon – Portugal)
– Award for Best International Competition Film, FIDBA 2017 (Buenos Aires – Argentina)
– “Big Golden Nanook”, Award for the best film of the festival, Flahertiana 2017 (Perm – Russie)
Award for Best International Competition Panorama Film, SANFICI 2018 (Santander – Colombia)
Excellence Award, Feature International Documentary Film, ConstruirCine Festival 2018 (Argentina)
Special Jury Mention, Visions du Réel 2016 (Nyon – Suisse)


Visions du Réel 2016, Switzerland, International Competition
Festival de Locarno 2016, Swiss Panorama
Doclisboa 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
RIDM 2016 Montréal, Québec, International Competition
Paraloeil Rimouski, Québec, 2016
51e Journées de Soleure 2017, Switzerland, Swiss Panorama
4doc Cinema Ideal, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017
Porto/Post/Doc, Hà Filmes Na Baixa!, Porto, Portugal, 2017
14e DocumentaMadrid 2017, Spain, International Competition
Beldocs, International Documentary Film Festival 2017, Belgrade, Serbia
57th Krakow Film Festival 2017, Poland, Film Festivals Award Winners
– Extensoes Doclisboa’16, Torres Vedras 2017, Portugal
– Festival International “Etonnants Voyageurs” 2017, France
Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, 2017
Rencontres du film documentaire 2017, Mellionnec, France
– Atlantida Film Festival 2017,
Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2017, Germany, International Competition
FIDBA 2017, Buenos-Aires International Doc Film Festival, Argentina, International Competition
Open City Documentary Festival 2017, London, England
CineMigrante 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Flahertiana IDFF 2017, Russia, International Competition
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2017, Lithuania, Main Programm
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2017, Japan, International Competition
– Theater 0053, Sagaé, Japan, 2017
– Festival de Cine Europeo en el Perú 2017, Lima, Peru
– “Kings of Docs” 2017, Strasbourg, France
Astra Film Festival 2017, Romania, International Competition
Cabo-Verde International Film Festival 2017, Cape Verde, International Competition
Sofia Independent Film Festival 2017, Bulgaria, International Competition
Zumzeig Cinema, Barcelona, Spain, 2017
– European Film Festival 2017, Amman, Jordan 2017, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, International Competition
Sanfici 2018, Santander Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Colombia
Doc Fortnight 2018: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, New York, USA
– Semaine de la Francophonie 2018, Milan, Italy
– Festival Cinema Svizzero di Venezia 2018, Italy
Hiroshima City Cinematographic and AV Library, Japan, 2018
Construir Cine, Labor International Film Festival 2018, Argentina, International Competition
– Urban Cinema Saint-Gilles, Bruxelles, Belgium, 2018,
– Traces-Migrations 2018, Le Chambon Feugerolles, France
ROGumentary 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia
– Other Movie Lugano Film Festival 2019, Switzerland
– Festival du Film Résistances, Foix, France, 2019
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Helvetica Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan, 2019
– Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Cinéma Starlight, Dudelange, Luxembourg, 2019
– Cycle de Films sur les saisonniers en Suisse, Fonction : Cinéma, Genève, 2019
Filmatique Talents 2020,
– Lo Grand Baou, Vertosan, Valle d’Aosta, 2020
Festival de Narrativas Cuéntalo, Logroño, Spain, 2020
– Kings of Doc Expanded, B-ware! Ladenkino, Berlin, 2020
– Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico, Conmemorando a nuestros muertos, 2021
– Cinémathèque Suisse, Cycle: Italian immigration in Switzerland, 2021
Camera a Sud festival, TIP cinema theatre, Lamezia Terme, iItaly, 2023


Summer 2017 in German-speaking Switzerland
Fall 2017 in French-speaking Switzerland
Fall 2018 in Argentina, Premiere at cinema Cosmos UBA, Buenos Aires


Press kit
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Articles (selection)
Décadrages – entretien avec PF Sauter (fr)
SRF (de)
Le Temps (fr) (engl) (it) (it)
24 heures (fr) (fr)
Cineuropa (engl) (fr)
24 heures (fr) (it) (pt)
Expresso (pt)
Diaro de Noticias (pt)
Das Kulturmagazin (de)
Filmbulletin (de)
CineFreaks (esp)
CineFreaks Entrevista (esp)
Danro (jpn)


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