Autour de luisa (Original title)
feature film by Olga Baillif, 85', 2017, DCP, color
With Pieta Brown, Bertrand Belin, Fabrice Adde, Thibaut Frisoni, Mélissa Acchiardi and Johan Leysen
Luisa, a 40-year-old singer, and her companion Julien, a guitarist and composer, have had a group together for
many years. One day, her father - whom she has not seen since she was a teenager - comes to see her after a
concert. The encounter, during which he tells her he is seriously ill, unsettles Luisa. She begins to look differently at
the life she leads.
World Premiere at New Directors de la Mostra internationale de Sao Paulo
International Film Festival of Uruguay
Release in Switzerland on November 28, 2018 (more dates and previews)
Release in Ukraine (distribution Art house traffic)
Release in China (Hugo East distribution)
Broadcasted on TV5 Québec, RTS 2
Born in Geneva in 1969, Olga Baillif studied film at INSAS in Brussels. In 1993, immediately after finishing the school, she made her first documentary, Le loup et les architectes, in 16 mm.
Subsequently she devoted some years working as director assistant as well as producer.
Her first short film, Nuit de Noces (2001) was screened at numerous festivals and won many prizes (Pardino d’Oro at Locarno, Grand prix du Jury at Angers, as well as at FIFF Namur and Tout Ecran in Geneva).
Two years laters she directed a feature documentary, Kint, de l’autre côté (jury’s special mention at Vision du réel in Nyon). She after work for television, directed commissioned films for museumand ONG, and teached video for adolescents.
Selected at Ateliers de production européens EAVE
Selected at Ateliers Grand Nord 2013 (Quebec)
With the support of l'Office Fédéral de la Culture, Cinéforom, la Loterie Romande, Tax Shelter.be, Ville de Genève, Suissimage, Communauté française de Belgique, Focal.
Developped with the support of MEDIA Desk, Switzerland.
International sales: Film Republic, London
Production: Alina film
Coproduction: Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS); Françoise Mayor
Coproduction: Néon Rouge Productions - Aurélien Bodinaux (Belgium)
Production exécutive: Local films - Nicolas Brevière (France)
Script and direction: Olga Baillif
Cinematography: Gabriel Sandru
Casting: Alexandre Nazarian
Music: Bertrand Belin
Music consultant: Pierre Walfisz
Production manager: Véronique Lamarche /
Location manager: Nicolas Beaussieu /
Film editor: Caterina Mona / Gion-Reto Killias
Sound: Benoît de Clerck, Etienne Curchod, Benoît Biral
Design: Dan Bevan
First assistant director: Jean-Laurent Chautems
Script supervisor: Marie Chaduc
Costumes designer: Geneviève Maulini
Make-up and Hair:: Nicole Hermann
Chief electrician: Sandro Hofstetter
Key Grip: Yves Seger
"The director's proposal is subtle, as is the musical score, which seeks, feels, and declines states of mind to the accents of the singer's voice, which without mannerism sings the poetry of her mentor's texts"