Ajyal Film Festival 2022

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Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey / Short Documentary / Switzerland / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / DCP
In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Interests: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction, Dramedy
MENA Premiere


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 Directors

Animates and illustrates for a living and for fun. Likes to experiment with mixed media including traditional techniques, digital animation, projection mapping, etc. Made a short film (Watchmaker at Time's End) utilizing only open source tools, and developed workflows using them. Trying to create animations set in Indian contexts.

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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