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Olivier Zuchuat



Olivier Zuchuat was born in 1969 in Geneva, Switzerland.

After studying Theoretical Physics and Literature he became a Teaching Assistant at the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

In 1998 and 1999, he was an assistant for German director Matthias Langhoff.

He directed several theatrical productions of plays by Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller before turning his attention to documentary cinema.

Olivier has also worked in editing documentaries (mainly for the channel ARTE) with directors Nicolas Philibert, Fréderic Compain, Patrick Rotman, Patrick Barberis, Dominique Gros and with video artist Alejandra Rieja. He also worked as editor on the fiction 17 filles (Directed by Delphine et Muriel Coulin, Festival de Cannes, Semaine de la critique 2011).

Since 2006, Oliver has been teaching Film Studies at the Université de Paris-Est Marne la Vallée and at LA FEMIS Cinema School (Paris).

He now lives between France and Switzerland.


Comme des lions de pierre à l’entrée de la nuit / Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night (87’, Greece, 2012)
Au loin des villages/ Far from the Villages (75’, 2008, Switzerland)
Djourou un corde à ton cou/ Djourou A Rope Around Your Neck (63’, 2005, France)
Mah Damba Cissoko, une griotte en exil (57’, France, 2001)


Far from the villages

Far from the villages (Orig.) / 2008 / France, Switzerland / 77 min

April 2006. 13 000 members of the Dajo ethnic group have taken refuge on the plain of Gouroukoun in eastern Chad...



Like Stone Lions at the Gateway into Night

Comme des lions de pierre à l'entrée de la nuit (Orig.) / 2012 / France, Greece, Switzerland / 87 min

Between 1947 and 1950, more than 80 000 Greek citizens were imprisoned on the isle of Makronisos (Greece) in reeducation camps created to ‘fight the spread of communism’. Among these exiles were a number of writers and poets, including Yannis Ritsos and Tassos Livaditis. Despite the deprivation and torture, these prisoners succeeded in composing poems, which describe their struggle for survival in this world of internment...



Trace of the future according to Olivier Zuchuat

Une trace du futur selon Olivier Zuchuat (Orig.) / 2014 / Switzerland / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.



Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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- 26.9.2016 -

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

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