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BOTIZA / BOTIZA

Catherine Azad, Frédéric Gonseth,  Switzerland 2012 98'

Cinematography: Frédéric Gonseth
Editing: Frédéric Gonseth
Music: Alexandre Cellier and traditional music from the Maramures by Toader Sicuta and Vasile Petreus
Producer: Frédéric Gonseth

Film Presentation:
Intr-o vreme in care Romania isi stabilea legaturile cu Uniunea Europeana si crea planuri pentru progres rapid, mare parte din agricultura tarii ramanea izolata de restul lumii si de comertul international. Intreaga energie a agriculturii este data de animalele de povara. Botiza este unul din multele sate romanesti unde fermierii lucreaza exclusiv cu ajutorul cailor, boilor si bivolilor. Viata acolo este grea pentru om si animal. Urmarind caii si oamenii la munca timp de un an, descoperim, incetul cu incetul, legatura inefabila dintre ei. Uniunea lor contureaza relatii dictate mai mult de gesturi si sunete, decat de cuvinte, in sat si in intreaga regiune. Mai devreme sau mai tarziu, mecanizarea si depopularea rurala vor sterge aceste vestigii ale timpurilor trecute, insa un licar de speranta mai exista inca.
Festivals/Awards:
(none, as it would be a World premiere)
Film's Website: www.botiza.ch
Director's Bio-Filmography:
Biography : Born in 1950, in Lausanne. Married to Catherine Azad. Nationality: Swiss Languages: French, German and Swiss German, English, Italian, a bit Russian Licence in sociology (1972), University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Journalist training, Téléjournal, Zurich (1973-75) Chief Redactor of the newspaper " La Breche" (1975-1980) Independant Filmmaker and Producer (since 1980) Founding member of the Fondation Vaudoise pour le Cinéma, of the Association Romande du Cinéma (ARC), founding member and president of the associations Archimob, Humem and VaudFilm. Filmography 2012 La Baguette magique, TV documentary, 52 min. Botiza, full-length documentary film, 120 min. (codirector Catherine Azad) 2011 in coordination with the association Humem : audiovisual collection of 80 witnesses of the Swiss humanitarian engagement in the world from 1945 until nowadays, a wandering exhibition and an interactive documentary film (L'Autre Côté du monde - Die Andere Seite der Welt). 2010 Léman-Mékong, full-length documentary film TV, 52 min. (codirector Catherine Azad) 2009 Walter raconte Mafli, 40 min., (codirector Catherine Azad) 2008 Prize Suisseculture 2008 (1st award-winning of this new prize) 2008 Humanitarian Citadel, full-length documentary film, 90 min. 2005 La Nouvelle Loise, fiction scenario project by Frédéric Gonseth, SSA prize 2006 (Locarno) 2005 Hold your horses, doc 88 min. (directed with Catherine Azad) 2004 Regards en arriere/Rückblickend, 3 films of 15 min. from the serie of 22 films of Swiss filmmakers based on the collection " archimob " 2003 Mission in Hell, doc 95 min. 2002 Archimob, delegate and executive producer for the collection of 555 accounts of the period of the Second of World War in Switzerland Les Barricades mystérieuses, doc 74 min (directed with Catherine Azad) 2000 Animal City, doc 52 min (TV) and 70 min (film) (directed with Catherine Azad) 1999 Longues Oreilles - special Bertrand Piccard, doc 22 min 1998 Longues Oreilles en Suisse orientale et au Tessin, serie TV 300 min 1997 Ce Fou de Töpffer, doc and feature TV, fantasy reportage, 56 min Les Frissons du Hasard, production of 1 doc (77 min) in several parties based on the loteries in the world, realisation of the episode " Géorgie " (20 min) Esclaves d'Hitler/Hitlers Sklaven, doc 75 min (version ARTE 58 min) La Montagne Muette, doc & feature 95 min Longues Oreilles en Suisse Romande, documentary serie " Walking TV " of 25 x10 min 1994 Le Ciel et la Boue /Bauen war mein Leben, doc 90 min Choeurs en balade, reportage TV, 25 min 1992 L'Ukraine a petits pas, doc 105 min (directed with Catherine Azad) 1991 Escapade moldave, reportage TV, 25 min (directed with Catherine Azad) Histoire du Franc suisse, doc for the BNS, 25 min 1987 Foundation of " Frédéric Gonseth Productions " : FOSC of 7.1.1987 des1986 Many reportages for the magazines of the TSR 1984 La Voix de son oeil, feature 25 min 1983 " Peter Wyssbrod en direct ", theatrical performance mime and comic 60 min La Facture d'orgue, doc 60 min L'Hypotheque, feature La Bataillere, feature Somnifia, feature La Petite est morte, feature C.-F. Ramuz, évocation des lieux, doc CATHERINE AZAD Born in 1951 in Lausanne, Swiss nationality. She studies music at the Conservatoire de Lausanne (piano and singing) and gets the teacher's ability for second grade. She has written the original music of several films of Frédéric Gonseth (Humanitarian Citadel, etc.). She is also a director (Cheval mon ami) and codirector together with Frederic Gonseth of many films : Animal City, Léman-Mékong, etc. She has recorded several CD of Ukrainian music. Apart from her activities in the field of music or cinema, she is also a writer (Ukraine, mere secrete, 2005, Editions de l'Aire). Filmography Le Chant des chevaux de Botiza, 2011, co-réalisé avec Frédéric Gonseth Léman-Mékong, 2010, 67 min, co-réalisé avec Frédéric Gonseth, lm doc Walter raconte Mafli, 2009, 40 min., co-réalisé avec Frédéric Gonseth Gros mots, petits sabots, 2005, 88 min, co-réalisé avec Frédéric Gonseth, lm doc Cheval mon ami, 2003, 53 min, réalisation, lm doc Les Barricades mystérieuses 2002, co-réalisation avec F. Gonseth, lm doc Animal City 2000, co-réalisation avec F. Gonseth et prise de son, lm doc Longues Oreilles no 2 1998, animation du reportage (réal F. Gonseth) Les Frissons du Hasard 1997, co-scénariste avec F. Gonseth, cm doc La Montagne muette 1997, co-scénariste avec F. Gonseth, lm fiction et doc Longues-Oreilles (no 1)1995, co-auteur F. Gonseth, série télé L'Ukraine a petits pas 1992, co-réalisation avec F. Gonseth, lm doc Escapade moldave 1991, co-réalisation avec F. Gonseth, reportage TV ,25min
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