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Foudre / Thunder

by Carmen Jaquier Focus Competition

Summer in a Swiss village around 1900. When 17-year-old novice Elisabeth learns of the sudden death of her eldest sister, Innocente, she is forced to return to her family's farm. As soon as she arrives, the circumstances of her sister's death are shrouded in a strange silence, and Elisabeth begins to suspect that there must be more to it. Between hard graft on the field, a conservative Christian home, and the furtive glances of the village's male youth, she delves deeper and deeper into Innocente's secrets. The highly talented Western Swiss director Carmen Jaquier explores female emancipation in the midst of oppressive social norms in impressively composed images.

About the director(s)

The Swiss director Carmen Jaquier studied graphic design before shooting her first short film BOUFFE MOI! (2004) and enrolling at the Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne. Her graduation film LE TOMBEAU DES FILLES (2011) won the Pardino d'argento at Locarno Film Festival. She went on to work in image and cutting with the Aamen collective. The resulting collective film HEIMATLAND (2015), and her short film LA RIVIÈRE SOUS LA LANGUE (2015), also screened at Locarno. Her debut feature-length feature film FOUDRE world premiered at Toronto.

Filmography (selection): Foudre (2022) | To our stars (short film, 2016) | La rivière sous la langue (short film, 2015) | Heimatland (collective film, 2015) | Rome à la troisième heure de la nuit (short film, 2014) | Le bal des sirènes (short film, 2013) | Les vagues (short film, 2012) | Le tombeau des filles (short film, 2011) | Bouffe moi! (short film, 2004)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: Switzerland, 2022
  • Runtime: 92 Min
  • Languages: French
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Carmen Jaquier
  • Cast: Lilith Grasmug, Mermoz Melchior, Benjamin Python, Noah Watzlawick, Sabine Timoteo, François Revaclier, Diana Gervalla, Lou Iff, Léa Gigon, Marco Calamandrei
  • Screenplay: Carmen Jaquier
  • Cinematography: Marine Atlan
  • Editor: Xavier Sirven
  • Sound: Carlos Ibañez Diaz, Raphaël Sohier, Matthieu Fichet, Denis Séchaud
  • Music: Nicolas Rabaeus
  • Producers: Flavia Zanon, Joëlle Bertossa
  • Production Company: Close Up Films
  • World Sales: WTFilms
  • Swiss Distribution: Sister Distribution
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