Carmen Jaquier

Talents Switzerland 92 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Summer 1900, in a valley in southern Switzerland. Elisabeth, 17, is about to take her vows when the sudden death of her older sister forces her to leave the convent and return to the family farm she had left five years earlier. But Elisabeth is no longer a child. Stifled by the suffocating and strict rules of the village and obsessed by the mysteries surrounding her sister’s disappearance, she will fight for her right to experiment.

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Carmen Jaquier

She studied Graphic Design, before making her first short films and entering the Cantonal School of Art in Lausanne (ECAL). Her graduation film Le tombeau des filles received the Pardino d’Argento at the Locarno Film Festival (2011). She then explored image and editing within the Aamen collective and directed two shorts, Les vagues and Le bal des sirènes. Her films La rivière sous la langue and Heimatland (collective feature film), were selected at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015. She also signed the image of the film A Bright Light – Karen and the Process by Emmanuelle Antille, presented at the Festival Visions du réel (2018). Foudre is her first feature film.

Filmography: Thunder (2022, D'A 2023), To Our Stars (short film, co-directed, 2016), The River Under the Tongue (short film, 2015), Wonderland (co-directed, 2015), Rome à la troisième heure de la nuit (short film, co-directed, 2014), At the Mermaid Parade (short film, 2014), The Waves (short film, 2012), The Girls' Grave (short film, 2011), Eat Me! (short film, co-directed, 2004)

Carmen Jaquier

Film information

Int. title: Thunder
Director: Carmen Jaquier
Script: Carmen Jaquier
Contact: WTFilms
With: Lilith Grasmug, Mermoz Melchior, Benjamin Python, Noah Watzlawick, Sabine Timoteo
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2022
Format: DCP
Length: 92 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2023