Les Grandes Ondes (a l’Ouest)
Fiction, Switzerland-France, 2013, DCP
Direction: Lionel Baier
With Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, Francisco Belard
April 1974. Two journalists working for Swiss Radio are sent to Portugal.
Accompanied by Bob, a sound engineer nearing retirement, and his trusty mobile broadcast unit VW van, they go off to report on Swiss financial aid to Portugal. However, once there, nothing seems to go as planned, and tensions run high between Julie, the feminist, and the wily war correspondent, Cauvin. Not even thecheery disposition of Pelé, the young Portuguese translator, makes any difference and the team decides to head home. But the wind of historic change steers the VW to the centre of the Carnation Revolution… and when democracy crosses your path, you must be
ready to seize it.
He was born in 1975 in Lausanne. Since 1992, he has been programmer and co-manager of the Rex cinema in Aubonne. Since 2002, he has been Head of the Film department at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). In 2009, he founded Bande à part Films. He is Vice President of the Swiss Film Archive.
*At the screening of the film as part of the Opening Ceremony admission will be by invitation only.