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Olivier Zuchuat (Switzerland)

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 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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