AU SUD DES NUAGES
AU SUD DES NUAGES
Jean François Amiguet
Switzerland / 2003 / 80'
AU SUD DES NUAGES
Jean François Amiguet
Switzerland / 2003 / 80'

In Valais, a land of contrasts and stubborn people, Adrien, a seventy year old man, loock down on the village of Val d’ Herens from his pastures high up on the slopes of Tsaté. An incorrigible hunter, he is the kind of person who inspires fear and respect. A man of few words, he agrees, with a simple gesture, to go on a jurney to China with four friends. When they are ready to leave the local vet decides not to go and gives his place to Roger, the nephew of old Léon, who moved to Geneva from Vallese because “there are only two seasons up there, last winter and next winter”. The journey will also be an opportunity for Roger to discover his sensitivity. But the train journey from Valais to China is quite exhausting! At each stage there is someone who leaves. The first one before the departure, and replaced by Roger who is younger, used to town life and too much of a strager to become a real part of the group. The second one leavers after the first stage. Two others find an excuse to return without losing face. Adrien, the fifth man, is more determined and continues to the end. The film is a parable on solitude and silence in which the five characters learn something about themselves and about each other. Adrien painfully comes to terms with his fragility, long removed, and begins at last to talk and unburden himself.

Director

Jean François Amiguet

He was born in Vevey in 1950. He graduated in Political Sciences from the University of Lausanne. He worked as a technician on the films of Alain Tanner, Marcel Schupbach and Yves Yersin, before becoming himself a director in 1971. He made Petit film ordinaire, a short documentary film and in 1983 directed his first full-length film, Alexandre. His worldwide fame came five years later with La Meridienne selected at Cannes Film festival. He has always been fond of the mountain and made several reports for "Rumantcha" Swiss Television, particularly for the programme Passe-moi les jumelles. In 2004 he was awarded the Città di Bolzano Golden Gentian at TrentoFilmfestival with the film Au sud des Nuages.

Awards

GENZIANA D'ORO "CITTÀ DI BOLZANO"
Ed. 2004

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