International Competition

Winter Nomads

Manuel von Stürler
Screening time  
26.02. / Tuesday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
28.02. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2  
02.03. / Saturday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 5  
A contemporary adventure film following two shepherds on a winter migration with three donkeys, four dogs and a flock of sheep.

Shepherds Carole and Pascal leave for their winter migration with three donkeys, four dogs and a flock of sheep: three months of braving cold and snow during which they will have to cover 600 kilometres in the Swiss-French region. At night, a tarpaulin and sheepskins serve as their only shelter. Leaving villas, train tracks and industrial zones behind, they traverse lands in complete metamorphosis, meeting peasant friends as well as new residents: ‘commuters’ from the country intent on urbanising. A contemporary adventure film that takes us back to our roots and poses questions about today’s society.   


Manuel von Stürler

Manuel von Stürler was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1968. He studied music composition and trombone at the Ecole de Jazz et de Musique Actuelle in Lausanne and at the Conservatory of Music in Neuchatel. He composes musical scores for theatre and stage performances. His creative work spans music, poetry and filmmaking. Winter Nomads, his feature-length debut, premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

General sponsor

Hiver Nomade

2012, 90', DCP

Directed by:
Manuel von Stürler

Screenplay by:
Manuel von Stürler, Claude Muret

Camille Cottagnoud

Edited by:
Karine Sudan

Olivia Pedroli

Heinz Dill

Produced by:
Louise Productions

Festivals & Awards:

European Film Academy Award 2012 – Best Documentary Award; Visions du Réel 2012 - Grand Prize SSA - Suissimage for the Best Swiss Feature Film; Seattle International Film Festival 2012 – Fool Serious Awards - Best Cinematography
Austrans Festival International Du Film De Montagne et Aventure 2012 -  Special Mention; Der Neue Heimatfilm 2012 – Special Mention; Cinessonne Film Festival 2012 –  Special Jury Mention, Student Jury Award - Agricole; Namur International Festival of French Language Films – Bayard d’Or for best cinematography, Public Award; IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012; Berlin International Film Festival 2012; BFI London Film Festival 2012