GEORGES SCHWIZGEBEL
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THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS - 1974 35mm, colour, 3’ without dialogue 4/3 Gouache on cell. A pointillist musical illustration Music : François Couperin, Les folies musicales, extract Harpyschord : Guy Waschmuth Grant from OFC, awarded in Zagreb and Soleure festivals.
PERSPECTIVES - 1975 35mm, colour, 1’30 without dialogue 4/3 Gouache on cell. People and perspectives in movement Music : Johann-Sebastian Bach, Prelude VI, Well-tempered Clavier Piano : Annemarie Haeberli Grant 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 rules Music : Guy Boulanger Awarded in Bucuramanga (Colombia) festival.
THE RAVISHING OF FRANK N. STEIN - 1982 35mm, 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 bride Music : Michael Horowitz, Rainer Boesch Grant from OFC, awarded in Soleure, Berlin, Zagreb, Chicago and Athens (Ohio) festivals.
78 R.P.M. - 1985 35mm, 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 evokes the passing of time. Music : Alessandro Morelli Accordion : Patrick Mamie Grant from OFC, awarded in Soleure, Bonn and Los Angeles festivals Golden Ear in Valladolid festival Grand prize in Stuttgart and Treviso festival.
NAKOUNINE - 1986 16mm, b/w and colour 6’ without dialogue 4/3 Photos and live shot with added animation A bicycle ride through the streets of Shanghai between winter and summer 1984, from the suburbs to the center of the city Music : Michael Horowitz Coproduction : TSR
THE RIDE TO THE ABYSS - 1992 35mm, colour, 4’30 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell Using a six second cycle an animated painting illustrates an extract of an opera Music : Hector Berlioz Boston Symphony Orchestra, dir. Charles Munch Grant from OFC, awarded in Zagreb, Hiroshima, Espinho, Soleure, Oberhausen, Vila do Conde, Montecatini and Krok festivals
THE SUBJECT OF THE PICTURE - 1989 35mm, colour, 6’10 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell, paper cut and oil painting With the complicity of a painter, an elderly man recorvers youth and manages to wander through paintings Music : Jacques Robellaz Grant from OFC, awarded in Annecy, Varna, Espinho, Soleure, Shanghai and Bourg-en-Bresse festivals
ZIG ZAG - 1996 35mm, colour, 0’36 without dialogue 4/3 Dry pastel on glass paper A brief homage to Rodolphe Töppfer in a zigzag travelling Music : Beethoven, Bagatelle Op.119 No.9 Piano : Louis Schwizgebel-Wang Production : Galerie Papiers Gras Awarded in Utrecht festival
THE YEAR OF THE DEER - 1995 35mm, colour, 5’15 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell and dry pastel on glass paper The story of a young deer deceived by appearances, based on a Tale from Liu Zongyuan (773-819) Music : Philippe Koller Quatuor Ortys, sound effects : Nicolas Becker Coproduction : TSR, La Sept Arte First prize in Zagreb and Grand prize in Espinho festivals
FUGUE - 1998 35mm, colour, 7’12 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell and dry pastel on glass paper A man races down a flight of stairs. He takes refuge in a hotel room and begins to dream Music : Michèle Bokanowski Coproduction : TSR Grant from OFC, awarded in Krok, Espinho, Zagreb and Ottawa festivals. Nominated for best Swiss short film prize 2000
THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE CLOUDS - 2000 35mm, colour, 4’30 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic on cell and dry pastel on glass paper The adventures of Cinderella told in several scenes and cloud images. Music : Félix Mendelsshon, Fugue Op.35 No.5 Sound effects : Pete Ehrnrooth Piano : Louis Schwizgebel-Wang Coproduction : TSR, Arte France Grant from OFC, awarded in Krok, St-Hilaire, Espinho, Zagreb and Hiroshima festivals. Best Swiss short film prize 2002
THE MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW - 2004 35mm, colour, 9’35 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic and oil paint on cell A man trades his shadow for wealth but, disappointed by the result, he has to resign himself with some seven league boots to help him find his way Music : Judith Gruber-Stitzer Sound design : Olivier Calvert Coproduction : NFB, TSR Awarded in Cannes, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Namur, Valladolid, Geneva, Espinho, Utrecht, Bilbao, Teheran Boulder, Paris, Yorkstone, Seoul, Krok and Rome festivals, Nominated for best Swiss animated short film prize and for best Canadian animated short film prize 2005
PLAY - 2006 35mm, colour, 3’50 without dialogue 4/3 Acrylic and oil paint on cell A visual and musical game which builds and destroys itself on the speed rhythm of Serge Prokofiev’s Scherzo to Piano Concerto No.2 Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, dir. Philippe Béran Soloist : Louis Schwizgebel-Wang Sound design : Olivier Calvert Coproduction : NFB, TSR Grand 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 - 2008 35mm, colour, 5’35 without dialogue 1:1,66 Acrylic and oil pastel on cell Between a wave’s rhythm and the breath of a young woman in her sleep, some animated paintings go on modifying each other Music: Normand Roger, sound mix: Serge Boivin Coproduction: NFB, TSR, ARTE France Awarded in Ann Arbour, Zagreb 25FPS, Meknes and Fantoche Film Festival Nominated for the Best Swiss animated short film prize
ROMANCE - 2011 35mm, 7’10, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1.1,66 Acrylic on cell and crayon, dry pastel on paper A casual meeting on a plane and watching a movie turns into a virtual romance Music : Serge Rachmaninov, scherzo of sonata Op.19 Cello. Tina Schwizgebel, Piano : Louis Schwizgebel Coproduction : NFB, RTS Best Canadian Animated short film Genie Award 2011 Awarded at Athens, Baden, Brusels, Changzhou, Geneva, Lisbon, New York, Recife, Shenzhen and Zagreb festivals
ALONG THE WAY - 2012 DCP 2K, 3’50, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 16/9 Acrylic and oil pastel on cell I 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 IX Music : Jacques Robellaz Coproduction : Ritaproductions Awarded at Baden, Espinho and Granada Festivals
ERLKING - 2015 DCP 2K, 5’30, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1 :1,89 Acrylic and oil pastel on cell A 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/Liszt Piano : Louis Schwizgebel Coproduction : RTS Grand Prize at the Leipzig, Krakow, Cyprus and Varna festivals. Awarded at 10 other festivals. Swiss Film Award 2016
THE BATTLE OF SAN ROMANO - 2017 DCP 2K, 2’25, colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1 :1,89 Acrylic on cell A 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 Uccello Music : Judith Gruber-Stitzer Production : studio GDS Awarded in Baden, Paris, St Petersburg and Pergola festivals
DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK - 2020 DCP 2K, 9’21, b/w and colour, 5.1 without dialogue 1 :1,89 Acrylic on cell and crayon on paper The 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-Stitzer Coproduction : RTS
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