Mountain Flesh

  • Valentina Shasivari
  • Switzerland
  • 2022
  • 18 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

In a Swiss mountain village, hikers head out, a fountain splashes reassuringly and a churchwarden prepares a mass. Debut director Valentina Shasivari evokes the calm of this serene landscape with tightly framed shots in contrast-rich black-and-white.

But the soundtrack, with its creaks and crackles emanating from underground, beneath the mountains, raises questions and a creeping, ominous feeling. There’s something going on here, but what is it? Men with high-tech measuring instruments pepper the landscape, and local people study their surroundings intensely.

A meditation on people versus nature, and religion versus science creates a portrait of a community living under constant threat.


  • 18 min
  • black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: German
  • Subtitles in: English
Valentina Shasivari
Micol Guido / Cinédokké Sagl, Michela Pini / Cinédokké Sagl
Jean-Guillaume Sonnier for Hes-so ECAL/HEAD
Gaëtan Nicolas
Gina Calamassi

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