Calabria

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    Calabria

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2016

    116 min

    • French
    • Italian
    • Portuguese
    • Serbian
    • Romani

    Documentary

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    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

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    • Grand Prix for Best Film in International Competition - Doclisboa
    • Best Documentary Film in International Competition - FIDBA
    • Jury Special Mention - Visions du Réel
    • Grand Prix for Best Film in Festival - Flahertiana IDFF
    • Best Film in Panorama International Competition - SANFICI

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Pierre-François Sauter
    Nadejda Magnenat
    Cinematography
    Joakim Chardonnens
    Pierre-François Sauter
    Editing
    Anja Bombelli
    Production
    MIRA FILM GMBH
    Production
    LE LABORATOIRE CENTRAL

    Press

    Reflects, with great sensitivity and a healthy dose of humour, on immigration and the feeling of loss of your roots.

    Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

    A humanist film in some respects that transforms the simplicity of everyday life into poetry.

    Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa

    Pierre-François Sauter

    Pierre-François Sauter

    Switzerland

    Pierre-François Sauter is a film director. CALABRIA is his second feature film. In 2008, he directed FACING THE JUDGE, a documentary produced by PCT cinéma-télévision. Earlier projects include working for the television program “Strip-tease” put on by the RTBF (French community of Belgium’s public broadcasting company), and directing some fifty documentary portraits on behalf of the “Voilà” program on the Swiss (German) – SF1 DRS. Earlier still, Mr. Sauter worked at two printmaking studios in respectively Lausanne and Milan: his prints were shown in several galleries in Switzerland. Marked by a youth spent in Mozambique, Mr. Sauter has also lived and worked in Lisbon, Paris, Brussels and Zurich. He currently resides in Lausanne.