La femme et le TGV

Nominated for Best Live Action Short at the 89th Academy Awards!

Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine -- every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters where the two anonymous writers share their worlds with each other. But Elise’s fairytale is cut short when the train line permanently detours for a shorter route to Paris. Not willing to do without her daily delight, Elise prompts a daring escape from her comfort zone and sets out to find the train conductor. LA FEMME ET LE TGV is inspired by true events and stars actress Jane Birkin in the leading role.
Director Timo von Gunten
Duration 30 min
Country Switzerland
Year 2016
Production arbel gmbh
Innovative Eye
BMC Films
Awards 11th River Film Festival 2017:
Jury Special Mention

9th PriFest 2017:
Best Film by Independent Students

6th Underexposed Film Festival yc 2017:
Best of Show

13th Boulder Intl. Film Festival 2017:
People's Choice Award

Reel Shorts Film Festival 2017:
Best Live Action Short

Schweizer Filmpreis 2017:
Best Short Film

14th shnit International Shortfilmfestival 2016:
Audience Award

25th Heartland Film Festival 2016:
Audience Award

49th Sitges Film Festival 2016:
Noves Visiones Award
Screenings 13th BuSho Film Festival 2017
41. Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt 2017
Shorts at Moonlight 2017
15th Ischia Film Festival 2017
19th Seoul International Women's Film Festival 2017
13th Talca International Film Festival 2017
5th Friss Hús Budapest Intl. Shortfilm Festival 2017
3rd International Film Festival Of Prayag, Allahabad 2017
11th Big Sur Intl. Short Film Screening Series 2017
11th Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival 2017
13th West Chester Intl. Short Film Festival 2017
14th Kinofilm Manchester Festival 2017
15th Santa Cruz Film Festival 2017
19th Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017
19th Sidewalk Film Festival 2017
20th Détours en Cinécourt 2017
20th Shanghai Intl. Film Festival 2017
22nd Palm Beach Film Festival 2017
2nd Door Kinetic Arts Festival 2017
43rd Filmets Badalona Film Festival 2017
52. Solothurner Filmtage 2017
7th Postira Seaside Film Festival 2017
Focus on French Cinema 2017
Shamiana Short Film Festival 2017
Twister Alley Film Festival 2017
11th Sapporo Intl. Short Film Festival 2016
12. Zurich Film Festival 2016
15th Miami short Film Festival 2016
37. Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis 2016
69th Locarno Film Festival 2016
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