La femme et le TGV

Best Short Film 2017 - Awarded

La femme et le TGV

by Timo von Gunten

Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine - every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their worlds with each other. But Elise’s fairytale is cut short when the train line permanently detours for a shorter route to Paris. Not willing to do without her daily delight, Elise prompts a daring escape from her comfort zone and sets out to find the train conductor. The film is inspired by true events.

Jane Birkin, Gilles Tschudi, Lucien Guignard, Mathieu Bisson

Timo von Gunten

arbel gmbh Allschwil, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen Zürich, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Genève 8

cinematography: Nausheen Dadabhoy | editing: Marcel Jetzer | locationsoundmix: Jacques Kieffer | soundediting: Jacques Kieffer | sounddesign: Jacques Kieffer | rerecordingsoundmix: Jacques Kieffer | artdirection: Salome Jermann | lighting: André Pinkus | costumes: Catherine Schneider | music: Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg, Lionel Baldenweg


38. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken
52. Solothurner Filmtage, Heartland Film Festival
11th Sapporo Short Fest
49. Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya
14. Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Shnit
12. Zurich Film Festival
69° Festival del film Locarno