La femme et le TGV

La femme et le TGV play

Fiction, 30 min.


by Timo von Gunten

Switzerland, August 2016

Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine - every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their worlds with each other. But Elise’s fairytale is cut short when the train line permanently detours for a shorter route to Paris. Not willing to do without her daily delight, Elise prompts a daring escape from her comfort zone and sets out to find the train conductor. The film is inspired by true events.


Open / CloseCredits

Directed by: Timo von Gunten
Written by: Timo von Gunten

World Premiere: August 2016
Original Version: French (german/english subtitles), colour, DCP, 30 min.

ISAN: 0000-0004-45A3-0000-B-0000-0000-4

Production: arbel gmbh, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Producer: Giacun Caduff
Executive Producer: Bela Böke, Jean de Meuron, Giles Foreman

Cinematography: Nausheen Dadabhoy
Editing: Marcel Jetzer
Location Sound Mix: Jacques Kieffer
Sound Editing: Jacques Kieffer
Sound Design: Jacques Kieffer
Rerecording Sound Mix: Jacques Kieffer
Music: Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg, Lionel Vincent Baldenweg
Art Direction: Salome Jermann
Lighting: André Pinkus
Costumes: Catherine Schneider

Open / CloseCast

Jane Birkin
Gilles Tschudi
Lucien Guignard
Mathieu Bisson

Open / CloseWorld Sales / World Rights

World Sales: SND Films

Open / CloseWorldwide Distribution

Distribution Switzerland: Innovative EYE

Open / CloseAwards (a selection)

  • Beverly Hills, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 81st Annual Academy Award : Live Action Short Film 2017 (Nomination)
  • Genève, Bundesamt für Kultur, Swiss Film Award, Best Short Film 2017
  • Saarbrücken, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Publikumpreis Mittellanger Film 2017
  • Bern, shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, Publikumspreis 2016
  • Indianapolis, Heartland Film Festival, Audience choice Award 2016
  • Sapporo, Sapporo International Short film Festival and Market, Public Jury Award 2016
  • Sitges, Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya, Award for Best Short Film Noves Visions Small Format (Noves Visions PLUS) 2016