Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)
Switzerland 2008. HDCam, 16:9, colour, 85 min.
This is the story of the life reborn of Ossona, a hamlet in Val d'Hérens in the Valais canton, which was abandoned in the sixties and has now become the pilot project for an agro-tourism site. From 2005 to 2008, we followed the restoration of this site listed as a sustainable development zone, and those involved in the project.
Some of them are aged between 14 and 16 years old and were born in Haïti, Morocco and Sion. These youth attend an institution for teenagers in difficulty. Can their minds be transformed by tiring work in the mountains? Once a week, through building and farming work, they completely put themselves into restoring this ghost hamlet. The other participants are between 75 and 90 years old. After having spent their childhood in self-sufficiency here in Ossona they left to discover "modern" life when the dams were being built. As witnesses, they have returned to tell their stories...
What can representatives of the valley's old folks and multicultural youth have in common? What do they have to talk about, what can they pass on to each other?
The film retraces this adventure up to the end of the first stage with rural self-catering cottages and an inn, but it also recounts the financial, administrative, political and ecological obstacle course faced equally by the commune of St-Martin and the peasant on his land.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Chronicle of a rebirth. The power of hope.
|Les anciens: René Gaspoz, Jacqueline Moix, Alice Moix, Emile et Clémentine
Rossier, Gabrielle Seppey
Les jeunes : Valentin Buchard, Pedro Cardoso, Lloyds Larose-Rodini, Sabrina Renevier, Soufi Saad
|Peter Guyer, Steff Bossert
|Luc Yersin, Laurent Barbey
|Collaboration au scénario: Antoine Jaccoud, Nadejda Magnenat
Producteur délégué: Xavier Grin
Directeur de production: François Baumberger
Assitant-réalisateur: Florian Burion
Mixage : Jérôme Cuendet
|HDCam, 16:9, colour, 25 ips
|français; UT deutsch, english subtitles
Pl de l'Ancien Port 6, CP 840, CH-1800 Vevey/VD
+41 21 922 03 72
email@example.com – www.ps-productions.ch
|PS Productions, Vevey
|JMH Distribution SA
|France: Cinéma Public films, Paris
|Festival Locarno 2008