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Aloys

Tobias Nölle

  • German (with French, English, Spanish subtitles); 91 min
  • Not available in United States
A mysterious and powerful film that works as an antidote against banality.
Cineuropa
FIPRESCI Prize - Berlin IFF 
Best Directorial Debut - Camerimage 
Golden Lynx - FEST New FF

Aloys - Tobias Nölle

Switzerland, France, 2016, 91 min
  • Starring: Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck, Kamil Krejcí, Yufei Li, Koi Lee
  • Production: Hugofilm, Petit Film, SRF, SRG, ARTE

Aloys Adorn is a middle aged private detective who lives and works with his father. He experiences life from a safe distance, through a video camera he keeps recording 24 hours a day, and the massive collection of surveillance tapes he organizes and obsessively watches at home. But when his father dies, Aloys is left on his own and his sheltered existence begins to fall apart. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a public bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys will try an obscure Japanese invention called 'telephone walking' with her, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and go back into the real world.