Manuel von Sturler

born 1968 in Lausanne, Swiss and French national. After having studied the trombone at the Music Academy of Neuchâtel and at the Jazz and Contemporary Music School in Lausanne, Manuel von Sturler performs live a wide repertory, from classical to jazz and contemporary music. He composes music scores for theatre and stage performances. The fact of exploring such various artistic fields includes also the aim of discovering the world. He did so, together with his companion and their two children, totalizing two years of nomadic journeys, in the Middle East, Persia, Eastern Europe, Iceland, Bolivia, Chile and Patagonia. It gave him the opportunity to rediscover and practice another of his passion: photography. In 2008, he starts his feature documentary project HIVER NOMADE. World premiere at the 62nd Berlinale 2012 (Forum).

Winter Nomads (0+)

Switzerland, 2011, colour, 90 min.
Director: Manuel von Sturler
Carole and Pascal embark on their winter transhumance with three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep, braving the cold and the snow, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. An adventure film at the heart of a territory undergoing a radical transformation.


Award for Best Swiss Feature Documentary, “Visions du Reel”, Nyon, 2012; Best Script, Seattle IFF, 2012

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