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AZOR

 

a feature film by Andreas Fontana, 2021, 100', DCP color

With Fabrizio Rongione, Stéphanie Cléau, Elli Medeiros, Juan Trench, Pablo Torre Nilson, Gilles Privat, Juan Pablo Gerreto, Alexandre Trocki

Yvan De Wiel, a private banker from Geneva, is going to an Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, the object of the most worrying rumours, who disappeared overnight. Between hushed lounges, swimming pools and gardens under surveillance, a remote duel between two bankers who, despite different methods, are the accomplices of a discreet and merciless form of colonization.

FESTIVALS:

WORLD PREMIERE AT BERLINALE - Encounters Competition

Selection Films After Tomorrow - Locarno Festival 2020

New Directors / New Films Festival, Lincoln Center New York

Moscow IFF

Midnight sun FF (Finlande)

Melbourne IFF
Taipei FF
Jerusalem FF
Tofifest FF (Pologne)
BFI London FF

Zurich FF
San Sebastian film festival
- Horizontes Latinos

Athens FF
BRIFF - Bruxelles IFF
RIFF - Reykjavík FF

Vancouver FF

Bogota IFF

Cinecitta IFF - Tilburg

WaHFF - Waterloo Historical FF

EUROCINE (Équateur)

Stockholm IFF

Ljubljana IFF

Panorama du cinéma Européen du Caire
Gijón film festival
Cineuropa
Santiago de Compostela

Mar del Plata film festival - Argentina
Márgenes Cine - Madrid
Leeds International Film Festival
Mostra Internacional del Cinema de Sao Paulo
FIC Gáldar - Best actor Prize for Fabrizio Rongione
Festival FILMAR
- Genève

Festival del Uruguay - Montevideo

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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 Fer- rand 2016) and Maryam Goormaghtigh(Vol au Panthéon, 2011). He is actually living and working in Geneva.

From 2017, he’s teaching at the High School of Photography in Vevey, CH.

Bourse SSA 2016 for first feature-length feature film
Bourse MIGROS 2016 for Film Idea
Selected at Forum International de coproduction Europe-Latin America  of Festival de San Sebastian 2016
Producers Pooling Programm (PPP), organized by Focal


With the support of Office Fédéral de la Culture, the participation of Cinéforom, and the support of Loterie Romande, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC), INCAA, Suissimage, Media Desk Suisse, Fonction: cinéma.

DISTRIBUTION

 

Switzerland: Xenix Filmdistribution
UK / USA: MUBI

Italy, Turkey and India: MUBI

Spain: Vitrine Filmes

Portugal: Legendmain Filmes

Greece: Cinobo

Russia, Georgia (CIS): Capella Film

China: Huanxi Media Group

Brazil: Vitrine Filmes
HBO Eastern Europe
Mexico: Septimo distribución

Production: Alina film (Switzerland)
In co-production with Ruda cine (Argentina), Local Films (France), and Radio Télévision Suisse RTS.

International sales: Be for Films

Script and direction: Andreas Fontana
Written in collaboration with: Mariano Llinas
Producers: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney
Co-producers: Nicolas Brevière, Violeta Bava, Rosa Martínez Rivero

Director of photography Gabriel Sandru
Casting: Maria Laura Berch, Alexandre Nazarian

Unit production manager: Mónica Pérez
Unit Manager: Simone Bosshart
Sound: Xavier Lavorel
Art director: Ana Cambre
1st assistant director: Marcello Pozzo
Consigliere: Gabriel Azorín
Costumes: Simona Martínez
Hair and Make up: Katrine Zingg
Gaffer: Fafa Fierz
Key Grip: Peti Donato

Editing: Nicolas Desmaison

Original score: Paul Courlet

Sound edit and mix: Etienne Curchod

Colorgrading: Jürgen Kupka

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