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Andreas Fontana was born in Geneva in 1982. After completing his MA in Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva, he moved to Buenos Aires where he trained as production assistant. In 2010 he graduated with a MA in film production from the ECAL in Lausanne and the HEAD in Geneva. His first short film COTONOV VANISHED (2009) won the First Steps prize at Vision du Réel in Nyon in 2010. It also won the the prize of the best short film at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence in 2010. His last movie, PEDRO M, 1981, has been nominated for the Swiss Film Award 2016 in the short films cathegory. On January 2016, Andreas Fontana and Zahra Vargas have been received the Upcoming Lab Prize (Soleure) with a new documentary project, NOTHINGWOOD.
He has worked as a production assistant for Jean-Stéphane Bron, Ingrid Wildi, David Maye and Mathias Staub. He also worked as a script writer for Zahra Vargas (La Fin d’Homère, selected in Berlin and Clermont Ferrand 2016) and Maryam Goormaghtigh(Vol au Panthéon, 2011). He is living and working in Geneva.
PEDRO M, 1981 2015
DANS NOS CAMPAGNES 2011
GAUCHO (UN RETOUR) 2010
QUELQUE CHOSES (LES AMIS) 2010
COTONOV VANISHED 2009
VA LE CHANTER A GARDEL 2008
Pedro M, 1981 (Orig.) / 2015 / Spain, Switzerland / 27 min
As a cameraman for Spanish television, Pedro Martin made his name by filming the attempted coup d’état on the Spanish parliament on 23 February 1981. In trying to uncover the secret of her father who disappeared without a trace, the cameraman’s daughter meets characters who are haunted by images of the past...