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Making of Making Nothing

The filmmaker makes frequent visits to her old mother who lives far away. The visits are trying. Invaded by the past she loses her creativity and sinks into lethargy. Why mother and daughter couldn’t they build a bond of trust? How was the life of her female ancestors? The filmmaker decides to tell this period starting with the family photos, and the videos and artistic photos made during this period. She sees her mother in a last encounter.

  • Barbara Erni
  • Barbara Erni
  • Barbara Erni
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Makinga of Making Nothing
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    14,000 EUR
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  • corsica.doc
    October 16, 2019
    Official seclection
  • Solothurner Filmtage
    January 25, 2020
    Swiss Première
  • Filmfestival Einsiedeln
    Official Selection
  • ISA Independent Shorts Award

    United States
    Best Woman Short
  • ISA Independent Shorts Award
    Vienna Shorts
    Best experimental short
  • Vienna Shorts
    ISA Short film selection
    Official Selection
  • Amsterdam World Film Festival
    August 31, 2020
  • Euro Film Festival Geneva
  • Indie Short Fest USA
    Los Angeles
  • Filmfesttage Einsiedeln
Distribution Information
  • Barbara Erni
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Barbara Erni

BARBARA ERNI, Ch. du Languedoc 5, 1007 Lausanne, Suisse, berni@worldcom.ch

Born in Chur (Switzerland), lives in Lausanne. Universities of Zürich, Wien, Lausanne, Master of arts.
She worked as a teacher, translator, image editor (with Nicolas Bouvier), theatre director, photographer and film director. All her activities are about pictures and language which have always fascinated her. After some years of painting, she began to photograph and then to make documentary films.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS, Direction and Camera

Making of not Making, 19 min., essay.
Director, script, camera, images, voice over: Barbara Erni, Editor: Janine Waeber, Music: Pierre Favre.

Les enfants de la balle / Staub und Sterne / Grit and Glamour (a year with a circus), 78/67 min., 2011.
Director, script, camera: Barbara Erni; Editor: Janine Waeber; Music: Laurent Waeber.
In the cinemas in 2011. First screening on television on 3sat in 2012; RTS Télévision Suisse Romande in 2014.

La montagne des reines / Alpköniginnen / Queens of the Alp (a season on a Swiss alp), 42 min., 2006, DVD.
Director, script, camera: Barbara Erni; Editor: Janine Waeber; Music: Anton Bruhin.
Selected: festivals NaturVision 2008 et Pastoralismes et Grands Espaces 2008.
Première at Mediathèque Valais 2006. Screening: BergBuchBrig 2007, Naturfilmfestival Chur 2008, Musée du Fer à Vallorbe 2009, NaturMesse Basel 2010, Cinéma Visivi Evolène 2010.

En préparation :
Le têtard et le crapaud, short film, essay.
Script, director, camera, images, voice over: Barbara Erni
La boite à images, essay.
Script, director, camera, images, voice over: Barbara Erni

Principal personal exhibitions
Enchantement, L’atelierphoto, Nyon, 2019.
Polaroïds, Photobastei, Zurich, 2014.
Léman zen – la transparence des elements (Lake Geneva), Castle of Chillon (VD), 2008, and Castle of Ripaille, Thonon, 2009.
Un train peut en cacher un autre (travel by train) Galerie Focale, Nyon, 2007.
Fleurs (flowers) Galerie E. Roch, Ballens, 2003, and Galerie zur Grünen Tür, Uznach 2005.
Ecole à Saigon, Lausanne 2002, und Vevey 2003
Regards (have a look), Photofinish, Carouge, 1997.
Allô, hallo, hello (phone boxes) Café de l'Hôtel de Ville, Lausanne, 1996.
Durchblick und Spiegelung / Reflets, Galerie Wagerad, Münsingen BE, 1995 and Galerie du Pressoir, Ecublens VD, 1995.
Carouge, Museum of Carouge (GE) and National Library, Budapest, 1994.

Group exhibitions
H2O (goutte et bulle brille et coule), Rencontres Photographiques du Genenvois, 2007.
Une photo par jour (Lumières et rencontres) (a photo every day), Castle of Nyon, 2000.

rosebud (photos and texts), 2013.
Lac Léman (Lake of Geneva), Flipchart, 2008.
Un train peut en cacher un autre – Zug um Zug (travel by train), texts by Etienne Barilier, 2007; Swiss Graphic Designers Award for the layout, 2008.
Entre Arve et Danube, text by Nicolas Bouvier, Museum of Carouge, 1994.

Galerie de la Cathédrale, Lausanne, 1985
Galerie Zöpfli, Luzern, 1986
Collection von Thurn und Taxis, Vienne-A

TRANSLATIONS (French – German)
Literature: Nicolas Bouvier, Christophe Gallaz, Etienne Barilier, Anne-Lise Thurler, Roger Favre; theater pièces, subtitles, expositions, Dictionary of Switzerland (DHS) etc. Responsible for German texts of Expo 02, 1998-2000.

IMAGE EDITOR Collaboration with Nicolas Bouvier (1988-1998) and Pierre Starobinski.

TEACHING German as foreign language (1975-1999)

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