Switzerland 2023 – Director: Nathalie Berger – Original language: English – Subtitles: English, French, German

“Is this real or not?” At the Chagrin Valley care home, which resembles a 1950s American suburb, many of the residents live with dementia. This delicately observed film shows the tragedy of memory loss as well as highly amusing moments of everyday life. While the residents live in the past, the care staff hold on to their dreams of a better future. Stephanie Vierkorn


Writer: Nathalie Berger. Camera: Diara Sow. Sound: Tihomir Vrbanec & Nina Uzelac. Editing: Lizi Gelber & Nathalie Berger. Music: Valentin Liechti. Production: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. Producer: Philippe Grob. Length: 62 min.


On Saturday, 13 May, the film screening will take place as part of the main award ceremony of the 38th DOK.fest München.

In the presence of the award winners, award sponsors and juries, we will be presenting our five main awards in a festive ceremony. After the presentation (duration approx. 1.5 hours) we will also show the closing film CHAGRIN VALLEY at Großer Saal of Deutsches Theater.

You can find more information about the main award ceremony here.



Nathalie Berger grew up in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2014 she graduated with a BA in Political Science from Duke University, followed by an MA in Documentary Film Directing from Zurich University of the Arts in 2022.


CALL ME INTERN, CH 2019, 68 min. (together with Leo Hyde)

Nominated for the Student Award

The Student Award of DOK.fest München presents outstanding documentary films by students of German-speaking film schools. The films are nominated for the megaherz Student Award, worth 3,000 Euros.


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Student Award 2023
  • Thursday
    HFF - Kino 1
    Original with English subtitles
  • Sunday
    Original with English subtitles (Q&A with director Nathalie Berger)
  • Saturday
    Deutsches Theater
    Main award ceremony (duration approx 1,5h) & Closing Film (Orig. w. Engl. subt.)