Les Paradis de Diane

Paradises of Diane
A woman strolls through the bustling streets of Benidorm in Spain. She is alone and carrying nothing except a bag from the pharmacy. Diane has abandoned her newborn child and her boyfriend Martin in a maternity ward in Zurich. As night falls over Benidorm, the streets are lit by neon lights and Diane’s shadow moves to the rhythm of the city. Her quiet, impenetrable escape raises questions: What is she looking for in this foreign world? Among the package tourists, revellers and oddballs on the beach-front promenade, Diane spots Rose and follows her up to a belvedere. A tender connection develops between these two lost souls. The days go by and the possibility of returning to her old life seems more and more distant to Diane.
In Les paradis de Diane, Carmen Jaquier and Jan Gassman break down the myth of motherhood and the nuclear family and depict an inner odyssey.
by Carmen Jaquier, Jan Gassmann
with Dorothée de Koon, Aurore Clément, Roland Bonjour, Omar Ayuso, Stéphanie Lagarde
Switzerland 2024 French, German, English, Subtitles: English 97' Colour International premiere


  • Dorothée de Koon (Diane)
  • Aurore Clément (Rose)
  • Roland Bonjour (Martin)
  • Omar Ayuso (Adis)
  • Stéphanie Lagarde (Mona)
  • Duncan Airlie James (Dick)


DirectorsCarmen Jaquier, Jan Gassmann
ScreenplayCarmen Jaquier
CinematographyThomas Szczepanski
EditingCarole Le Page
MusicMarcel Vaid
Sound DesignMélia Roger
SoundNadine Häusler, Maurizius Staerkle Drux, Denis Séchaud
Production DesignMatthias Maurer, Silvan Kuhl, Anne Weick
CostumesAnne Weick
Make-UpNathalie Tanner
CastingDana Grünenfelder, Irene Muñoz Martin
ProducersLisa Blatter, Jan Gassmann
Co-ProducerCamille Genaud
Co-ProductionParaiso Production, Paris

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Carmen Jaquier

Born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1985, she studied filmmaking and screenwriting at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne and the Haute école d’art et de design Genève. Her graduation film The Girl’s Grave won the Pardino d’argento at the Locarno Film Festival. Her debut feature-length fiction film Foudre premiered at Toronto in 2022, went on to screen at many other festivals and is the Swiss entry for Best International Feature Film at the 2024 Oscars.


2011 Le tombeau des filles (The Girl’s Grave) 2013 Le bal des sirènes (At the Mermaid Parade) 2015 Heimatland (Wonderland); collective film, co-directors: Lisa Blatter, Jan Gassmann, Michael Krummenacher, Gregor Frei, Benny Jaberg, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller · La rivière sous la langue 2022 Foudre 2024 Les paradis de Diane (Paradises of Diane)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Jan Gassmann

Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1983, he grew up in Langnau. He directed documentaries in South America and India before studying documentary directing and television journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich. His documentary Chris screened in the Berlinale Forum in 2007 while his 2011 debut feature film Off Beat and his 2016 documentary Europe, She Loves were both selected for Panorama. His film 99 Moons premiered in the ACID programme at Cannes in 2022.


2007 Chrigu (Chris); documentary, co-director: Christian Zioerjen 2011 Off Beat 2013 Karma Shadub; documentary, co-director: Ramon Giger 2015 Heimatland (Wonderland); collective film, co-directors: Lisa Blatter, Michael Krummenacher, Gregor Frei, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller 2016 Europe, She Loves; documentary 2022 99 Moons 2024 Les Paradis de Diane (Paradises of Diane)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


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