Aletsch Negative

It drips, crackles and snaps. The Aletsch is the largest and longest glacier in the Alps – and it is melting. Images of this microcosm symbolise the problems of the macrocosm Earth. Subtle animations toy with the viewer’s perception of time and space and help us visualise the decline of perennial ice. Researchers predict that by the end of this century the glaciers of the Alps will have almost disappeared. Fragments are all that will remain of the Aletsch.
by Laurence Bonvin Switzerland 2019 Without language 12’ Colour Documentary form


Director Laurence Bonvin
Cinematography Laurence Bonvin
Editing Laurence Bonvin
Sound Design Bojan Milosevic
Producer Laurence Bonvin

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Laurence Bonvin

Born in Sierre in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, she studied photography at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France. Her documentary still photography and films focus on the transformations of urban peripheries, natural and social landscapes, segregation, human displacements and the architecture of power. She began working in Switzerland before extending into the Netherlands, Georgia, Berlin, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Abidjan and Dakar. Her work has been exhibited extensively around the world and has screened at film festivals.

Filmography (short films)

2013 After Vegas; co-director: Stéphane Degoutin 2014 Sounds of Blikkiesdorp 2016 Avant l'envol (Before the Flight) 2019 Aletsch Negative

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020