THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS - 1974 35mm, colour, 3’ without dialogue 4/3 Gouache on cell.A pointillist musical illustrationMusic : François Couperin, Les folies musicales, extractHarpyschord : Guy WaschmuthGrant from OFC, awarded in Zagreb and Soleure festivals.
PERSPECTIVES - 197535mm, colour, 1’30 without dialogue 4/3 Gouache on cell.People and perspectives in movementMusic : Johann-Sebastian Bach, Prelude VI, Well-tempered Clavier Piano : Annemarie HaeberliGrant from OFC, awarded in Soleure festival.
OFF-SIDE - 1977 35mm, colour, 6’ without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell.A description of a game between two teams where one of the teams change the rulesMusic : Guy BoulangerAwarded in Bucuramanga (Colombia) festival.
THE RAVISHING OF FRANK N. STEIN - 198235mm, colour, 9’30 without dialogue 4/3 Gouache and Stabilo pen on cell.The slow construction of an image, to the rhythm of steps, ends when the monster meets his brideMusic : Michael Horowitz, Rainer BoeschGrant from OFC, awarded in Soleure, Berlin, Zagreb, Chicago and Athens (Ohio) festivals.
78 R.P.M. - 198535mm, colour 4’ without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell.A subjective camera view and a fixed frames alternates on a waltz played by an accordion triggering a short story that evokesthe passing of time.Music : Alessandro MorelliAccordion : Patrick MamieGrant from OFC, awarded in Soleure, Bonn and Los Angeles festivalsGolden Ear in Valladolid festivalGrand prize in Stuttgart and Treviso festival.
NAKOUNINE - 1986 16mm, b/w and colour 6’ without dialogue 4/3 Photos and live shot with added animationA bicycle ride through the streets of Shanghai between winter and summer 1984,from the suburbs to the center of the cityMusic : Michael HorowitzCoproduction : TSR
THE RIDE TO THE ABYSS - 199235mm, colour, 4’30 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cellUsing a six second cycle an animated painting illustrates an extract of an operaMusic : Hector BerliozBoston Symphony Orchestra, dir. Charles MunchGrant from OFC, awarded in Zagreb, Hiroshima, Espinho, Soleure, Oberhausen,Vila do Conde, Montecatini and Krok festivals
THE SUBJECT OF THE PICTURE - 198935mm, colour, 6’10 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell, paper cut and oil paintingWith the complicity of a painter, an elderly man recorvers youth and manages to wander through paintingsMusic : Jacques RobellazGrant from OFC, awarded in Annecy, Varna, Espinho, Soleure, Shanghai and Bourg-en-Bresse festivals
ZIG ZAG - 199635mm, colour, 0’36 without dialogue 4/3Dry pastel on glass paperA brief homage to Rodolphe Töppfer in a zigzag travellingMusic : Beethoven, Bagatelle Op.119 No.9Piano : Louis Schwizgebel-WangProduction : Galerie Papiers GrasAwarded in Utrecht festival
THE YEAR OF THE DEER - 199535mm, colour, 5’15 without dialogue 4/3Acrylic on cell and dry pastel on glass paperThe story of a young deer deceived by appearances, based on a Tale from Liu Zongyuan (773-819)Music : Philippe KollerQuatuor Ortys, sound effects : Nicolas BeckerCoproduction : TSR, La Sept ArteFirst prize in Zagreb and Grand prize in Espinho festivals
FUGUE - 1998 35mm, colour, 7’12 without dialogue 4/3Acrylic on cell and dry pastel on glass paperA man races down a flight of stairs. He takes refuge in a hotel room and begins to dreamMusic : Michèle BokanowskiCoproduction : TSRGrant from OFC, awarded in Krok, Espinho, Zagreb and Ottawa festivals.Nominated for best Swiss short film prize 2000
THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE CLOUDS - 200035mm, colour, 4’30 without dialogue 4/3Acrylic on cell and dry pastel on glass paperThe adventures of Cinderella told in several scenes and cloud images.Music : Félix Mendelsshon, Fugue Op.35 No.5 Sound effects : Pete EhrnroothPiano : Louis Schwizgebel-WangCoproduction : TSR, Arte FranceGrant from OFC, awarded in Krok, St-Hilaire, Espinho, Zagreb and Hiroshimafestivals. Best Swiss short film prize 2002
THE MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW - 200435mm, colour, 9’35 without dialogue 4/3Acrylic and oil paint on cellA man trades his shadow for wealth but,disappointed by the result, he has to resignhimself with some seven league boots to helphim find his wayMusic : Judith Gruber-Stitzer Sound design : Olivier CalvertCoproduction : NFB, TSRAwarded in Cannes, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Namur, Valladolid, Geneva, Espinho, Utrecht, Bilbao,Teheran Boulder, Paris, Yorkstone, Seoul, Krokand Rome festivals, Nominated for best Swissanimated short film prize and for best Canadiananimated short film prize 2005
PLAY - 200635mm, colour, 3’50 without dialogue 4/3Acrylic and oil paint on cellA visual and musical game which builds and destroys itself on the speed rhythm of Serge Prokofiev’s Scherzo to Piano Concerto No.2Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, dir. Philippe BéranSoloist : Louis Schwizgebel-WangSound design : Olivier CalvertCoproduction : NFB, TSRGrand Prize at the Animateka Festival in Ljubjana.Awarded in Hiroshima, Ottawa, Leipzig, Utrecht, Winterthur, Castelli Animatti, Vancouver, Vila do Conde, London, Sapporo, Krok, Espinho, Badalona Festivals Nominated for the Best Swiss and Canadian Animated short film prize 2007
RETOUCHES - 200835mm, colour, 5’35 without dialogue 1:1,66 Acrylic and oil pastel on cellBetween a wave’s rhythm and the breath of a young woman in her sleep, some animatedpaintings go on modifying each otherMusic: Normand Roger, sound mix: Serge BoivinCoproduction: NFB, TSR, ARTE FranceAwarded in Ann Arbour, Zagreb 25FPS, Meknes and Fantoche Film FestivalNominated for the Best Swiss animatedshort film prize
ROMANCE - 201135mm, 7’10, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1.1,66Acrylic on cell and crayon, dry pastel on paperA casual meeting on a plane and watching a movie turns into a virtual romanceMusic : Serge Rachmaninov, scherzo of sonata Op.19Cello. Tina Schwizgebel, Piano : Louis SchwizgebelCoproduction : NFB, RTSBest Canadian Animated short film Genie Award 2011Awarded at Athens, Baden, Brusels, Changzhou, Geneva, Lisbon, New York, Recife,Shenzhen and Zagreb festivals
ALONG THE WAY - 2012DCP 2K, 3’50, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 16/9Acrylic and oil pastel on cellI can only think while walking : as soon as I stop, I can think no longer ; my brain can only move with my feet. J.-J. Rousseau, Les confessions, livre IXMusic : Jacques RobellazCoproduction : RitaproductionsAwarded at Baden, Espinho and Granada Festivals
ERLKING - 2015DCP 2K, 5’30, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1 :1,89Acrylic and oil pastel on cellA father rides with his son through the forest. The sick child thinks he sees the Erlking, who both charms and frightens him. Based on Goethe’s poem Erlkönig and the eponymous music of Schubert/LisztPiano : Louis SchwizgebelCoproduction : RTSGrand Prize at the Leipzig, Krakow, Cyprus and Varna festivals. Awarded at 10 other festivals. Swiss Film Award 2016
THE BATTLE OF SAN ROMANO - 2017DCP 2K, 2’25, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1 :1,89Acrylic on cellA movement within a painting, which begins with the savagery of a battle and comes to a halt in a rendition of a masterpiece of the 15th Century; The Battle of San Romano by Paolo UccelloMusic : Judith Gruber-StitzerProduction : studio GDSAwarded in Baden, Paris, St Petersburg and Pergola festivals
DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK - 2020DCP 2K, 9’21, b/w and colour, 5.1without dialogue 1 :1,89Acrylic on cell and crayon on paperThe return of three Anglicizied natives people to their county or the beginning of a meeting with the modern world that will destroy them.Music : Judith Gruber-StitzerCoproduction : RTS