After  the  death  of  a  Calabrian  emigrant  who  came  in Switzerland  to  find  work,  two  undertakers,  Jovan  and  José,  who  are  themselves  emigrants, travel  from  north  to  south  of  Italy  to  repatriate  the  dead  body  into  his  home village. “Calabria” is a metaphysical road movie in a hearse. Jovan, a gypsy who was singer in Belgrade, believes in life after death. While José, a Portuguese passionate about classical music, believes only what he sees. This trip is an opportunity to pay a tribute to the dead person and to enjoy life while death is lurking behind the back.


Doclisboa International Film – City of Lisbon Award Best International Competition Feature-Length Film, 2016

Pierre-François Sauter

Swiss director Pierre-François Sauter (b. 1966) was trained in arts – painting, sculpture and drawing. He spent his childhood in Mozambique, later lived in Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Louisiana. Back to Switzerland, he worked in radio and television: in 1995 as a stage director in “Radio Télévision Belge” (RTB), during 1999-2004 he made more than 49 documentary portraits in “Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen” (SRF). Before devoting himself to film-making in 2003, Pierre-François Sauter participated as a graphic artist in various exhibitions. “Calabria” is his second feature film.


Facing the Judge (Face au juge, 2009)

Film sessions

09.22 Friday
  • Senamiesčio „Pasaka“ (Vilnius) 19:00 Presentation

09.24 Sunday
  • Skalvija (Vilnius) 15:30 Presentation

09.30 Saturday
  • Skalvija (Vilnius) 20:30

10.06 Friday
  • 18:30

10.08 Sunday
  • Arlekinas (Klaipėda) 19:00


Director: Pierre-François Sauter
Screenplay: Pierre-François Sauter, Nadejda Magnenat
Cinematography: Joakim Chardonnens, Pierre-François Sauter
Editing: Anja Bombelli
Sound: Jérôme Cuendet, Etienne Curchod
Producers: Hercli Bundi, Nadejda Magnenat            
Production: Mira Film GmbH, Le Laboratoire Central
Switzerland, 2016, orig. language, english, lithuanian subtitle, 117'