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Lah gah

An animated short film by Cécile Brun
6 Min. 33 Sec. | Mixed technique, Drawn animation and Stop Motion
© VIRAGE FILM | in coproduction with
SRF Swiss Radio & Television | SRG SSR

Supported by Federal Office of Culture (FOC), Zürcher Filmstiftung, SRF/SRG SSR, Migros-Kulturprozent, FOCAL/ Résidence d‘écriture en
cinéma d‘animation - Abbaye de Fontevraud, Swissfilms

Synopsis (EN)

„Lah gah“ lets us dive into sunny childhood memories, when a girl is singing and cooking with its father. An intimate moment, so simple.
But they’re swept along by the wafting mass of dough into the emotional depths of loss and disappearance; Helpless, the child is trying to grasp what is not tangible.

A very personal view on the experience of loss and letting go, the exploration and expression of accumulated emotions such as isolation, regret, deep sadness but also relief and still hope and happiness. How can it be, that life is still the same life? What is memory and where is the border from being to not-being?

Synopsis (DE)

Sonnige Kindheitserinnerungen: Ein Mädchen singt und kocht mit dem Vater. Ein einfacher, vertrauter Moment. Doch die wabernde Teigmasse reißt sie hinab in den emotionalen Abgrund von Verlust und Verschwinden. Hilflos versucht das Kind festzuhalten, was nicht fassbar ist.


English: Childhood Drama with fantastic elements
Deutsch: Kindheits-Drama mit fantastischen Elementen
Français: Drame d’enfance avec des éléments fantastiques.


Author & Director: Cécile Brun
Producer: Saskia von Virág
Script Consulting: Claudius Gentinetta, Michael Frei
Animation: Charlotte Waltert, Cécile Brun
Compositing: Rafael Sommerhalder
Sound Design / Foley: Thomas Gassmann
Voice Dough: Bruno Amstad
Voice Girl: Maya Zurbuchen
Soundmix: Jacques Kieffer
Colour Grading: Roger Sommer, Patrischa Freuler, 8horses

Awards / Distinctions

** 1st Place **
Florida Animation Festival | Mixed Media/Experimental Category
** Special Mention **
Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Animation Filmfestival
** Special Mention **
Primanima World Festival of First Animation 2019, Budaörs, Hungary
** Special Mention **
Animateka, Ljubljana, Slovenja


Edinburgh International Film Festival
Official Selection (Festival cancelled due to Covid19)
Animafilm International Animation Festival

Baku, Azerbaijan | 14 to 18 October 2020 | Competition
FAB Festival of Animation, Berlin
9 - 11 October 2020 | International Competition
World Festival of Animated Film in Varna, Bulgaria, 9 -13 Sept 2020
Offical Selection
Seoul International Food Film Festival (SIFFF), Seoul Korea
18 - 23 September 2020
Tasty Short Film Competition
The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2020, Limassol, Cyprus
10 - 16 October 2020 | Words on Film program
Korea Independent Animation Film Festival "Indie-AniFest", Seoul
17-22 September 2020 | Swiss Focus
Bali International Short Film Festival, The Minikino Film Week 6 –
4-12 September 2020 | Official Selection
River Film Festival, Porta Portello – Padova, 1 - 15 September 2020
Official Selection
BUSHO - The Budapest Short international Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary, 1 - 6 September 2020 | Competition
La Guarimba Film Festival, Amantea, Italy, 7 - 12 August 2020
La Grotta dei Piccoli
Imaginaria – Int. animated film festival | Conversano, Italy,
18-23 August 2020 | Official Selection
La Truca, Festival Internacional de Animación | Cali, Colombia,
31 July 2020 | Officaial Selection
Florida Animation Festival | 11 - 14 June 2020 | Official Selection
Festival du Film d'Animation de Savigny | 16 May 2020
International Competition
Filmfest Dresden, Germany | 21 - 26 April 2020 | Official Selection
Speechless Film Festival | Mankato, USA, 27 - 28 March 2020
Official Selection * North American Premiere*
Monstra Lisboa Animation Festival, Portugal, 18 - 29 March 2019
International Competition
Tricky Women/Tricky Realities | International Animation Filmfestival
11 - 15 March 2020 | International Competition
Solothurner Filmtage, Schweiz | Sa. 25.1.2020 | Competition
Animateka, Ljubljana, Slovenja
02 – 08 December 2019 | Main Competition
Kaboom Animation Festival, Holland
09 – 17 November 2019 | International Competition
Primanima World Festival of First Animations, Budaörs, Hungary
30 October – 2 November 2019 | Short Film Competition
Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland | 03– 08 September 19
Swiss Competition

Weitere Vorstellungen

Freitag, 07. Februar 2020, 20.15 Uhr
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Kinofoyer Lux, Affoltern am Albis

Mittwoch, 4. März um 19h
Filmabend zum Thema Herkunft / Familiäre Rituale
im Austausch mit den Filmemacherinnen Cécile Brun und Shirin Damerji
Shedhalle, Zürich
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