First film - Completed 2012

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.

& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
Sao Paulo IFF 2012
New Directors Competition
European Film Awards 2012
Best Documentary Film
Berlinale - EFM 2012
Visions du Réel 2012
Grand Prix Meilleur Long-Métrage Suisse
San Francisco 2012
golden gate awards documentary feature official selection
Dok Fest München 2012
official selection panorama
Seattle 2012
Meilleur Scénario
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 89 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Manuel VON STÜRLER
    • Writer(s)
    • Claude MURET, Manuel VON STÜRLER
    • Producer(s)
    • Elisabeth GARBAR (Louise Productions), Heinz DILL (Louise Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Pascal, 53, and Carole, 28, are shepherds. In the month of November 2010, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and a eight hundred sheep.
      An exceptional adventure is about to begin: they brave the cold and the bad weather day in day out, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This saga reveals a tough and exacting profession requiring constant improvisation and unflinching attention to nature, the animals and the cosmos.
      An odyssey through a region undergoing profound changes that render this kind of expedition more difficult every year, particularly when the grass for the sheep has to be found between villas, railroad tracks and industrial areas.
      An eventful journey with surprise encounters, moving reunions with farmer friends, nostalgic figures of country life that is shrinking away fast.
      A film dominated by the strong personalities of Pascal and Carole, whose relationship and joie de vivre transform this transhumance into a magnificent hymn to freedom, at opposite extremes of our comfortable reality.
      Hiver nomade is an adventure film, a contemporary road movie, a reflection of our current world, which takes us back to our roots and our inner questions.