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Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey / Short Documentary / Switzerland / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / DCP / In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


The daily routine of a retirement home unfolds as time seems to stand still—the pencilled residents come to life on paper. Some are active, others rest or follow a fixed schedule to be repeated each day; one of medication, meals, and games. Around them, machines are flashing, caregivers are busy, and there is always something to remind them of their fragile mortality. An atonal hand-drawn short dealing with the issues of ageing and palliative care.

About the Director

Silvain Monney studied Animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Based in Fribourg, Switzerland, he works as a freelance animator and illustrator (press, posters, logos, comics, etc.) and gives drawing and paper cutting classes.

Samuel Patthey was born in Berlin. As the son of an architect and a painter, he spent a lively childhood immersed in art, culture, and creativity. Inspired from an early age, Patthey went on to study animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). He currently works as a film animation director in Switzerland.


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