Longwave
Filmfest 2014

April, 1974. Two mismatched reporters working for Swiss Radio are sent to Portugal to do a puff-piece on Swiss foreign aid there. But nothing goes as planned. The atmosphere between Julie Dujonc-Renens, a young idealistic feminist and Joseph-Marie Cauvin, a wily, old-school war correspondent, is charged. And then sparks fly during the trip with Bob, their sound engineer approaching retirement. Not even the cheery disposition of Pelé, their young Portuguese translator, makes any difference. The projects financed by Switzerland prove to be calamitous and the workers' revolution that suddenly breaks out doesn't help, obliging our heroes to disregard first the radio's management, and then their own codes of conduct. But the winds of historic change steer their VW van to the centre of the 'Carnation Revolution' in this cinema-savvy screwball comedy.

tags: Francophone, Humor, Road Movie, Feature film, Current Affairs

Cast: Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, Francisco Belard, Jean-Stéphane Bron

Credits

Screenplay: Lionel Baier, Julien Bouissoux

Director of Photography: Patrick Lindenmaier

Film Editor: Pauline Gaillard

Composer: Georges Gershwin

Production Designer: Georges Ayusawa

Costume Design: Françoise Nicolet

Sound: Henri Maikoff

Producer: Pauline Gygax

Co-Producer: Max Karli, Philippe Martin

Production Company: Rita Productions

World Sales: Films Boutique GmbH

Director: Lionel Baier