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Troubadour Films - Faces, places, shadows and memories

Faces, places, shadows and memories 2013  102’

Faces, places, shadows and memories

Bernard Bovet, 94 years old, is a man who worked the land. He has a firm handshake and is a thoughtful, measured and attentive man who commands the respect of everyone in his region.

To hear this patriarch from Gruyère expressing his love for the mountains and alluding to key moments in his life means hearing fervent, fair and simple words that lightly and poetically restore the last vestiges of a traditional farming world which has gradually been vanishing, taking a large number of values with it.

This farmer, a herdsman and dairyman, is also an amateur filmmaker who captured moments of life and of sharing. He candidly talks about his love for his family and especially for the mountains of his native Gruyère region and the people who live there.

Today he lives in a home for the elderly, sharing his daily life with Jean, Annie, Victoire and many others. Great-grandmothers and greatgrandfathers who embrace life with humour, tenderness, energy and joy of living and who, despite their bodies’ frailty and sometimes sickness, still have a sharp and mischievous mind.

A story about time that goes by, old age, the weakness and strength of memories that make us laugh or cry. A film about the farewell to the mountain world and to the images we commit to film or to the recess of our mind and which one day resurface as nostalgia for an epoch.


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Original Language

French, patois
English / Deutsch / Español/Italiano
Vidéo 16/9 Colour / HDCAM / Beta digital / DCP
Type & Running time
Feature Documentary – 102'
Year of production

Country of production


Written & Directed by

Nasser Bakhti
Produced by
Nasser Bakhti
Troubadour Films - Geneva
Radio Télévision Suisse
Radio Télévision Suisse, Unité des Films Documentaires (RTS)
Irène Challand, Gaspard Lamunière
Miruna Coca-Cozma
Fonds National SSR SRG
Sven Waelti, Alberto Chollet
Production Assistant
Guillaume Favre, Marion Chollet
Production secretary
Inès Abeya


Patrick Mounoud, Laurent Egli, Christian Jacquenod
Bernard Seidler, Benedikt Fruttiger, Christophe Giovannoni, Otto Cavadini
Béatrice Bakhti
Video Animation & Titles
Julien Dumoulin – studio Troubadour Films
Graphic design
Jérôme Vittoz
Sound design & Mix
François Wolf
Marcel Vaid
Colour Correction
Eun-Song Lee
Troubadour Distribution




  Revue de presse

  Video on demand



  •  Festival du film des Diablerets, Suisse, 2013. Prix du Public
  •  7th International Mountain Film Festival, Domzale, Solvenia 2013. Meilleure Documentaire
  •  Documentaire Festival mondial du documentaire de montagne, Qinghai, Chine, 2012. Meilleur réalisateur
  •  Sichuan International TV Festival, Chine 2013. Gold Panda Award. Nomination. Meilleur réalisateur

Order the DVD – Faces, places, shadows and memories

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DVD movie

DVD bonus: more than 2:30 hour of bonus

Musical CD: traditional songs

Subtitles: English / Deutsch / Italiano / Español