La Vanité


David Miller is ill. And has decided to end it all. But despite his best efforts to choose the place, the date, and the method, nothing works out as planned. All of those who said they would be at his side back out. David Miller has no choice but to rely on the help of complete strangers: Esperenza, from the euthanasia and assisted suicide association, and Tréplev, the young prostitute in the next room. At the end of this night, which was meant to be his last, will death have taken him?

Director's Biography
LIONEL BAIER, born 1975, is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker from Lausanne. In 2009, Baier founded Bande à part Films together with Ursula Meier. In the same year, CROSSING EUROPE paid its Tribute to the Swiss filmmakers. Baier teaches at the ECAL – École cantonale d’art de Lausanne and co-chairs the Swiss Film Archive. // Films (selection): Garçon stupide (Stupid Boy, 2004; CE’09), Comme des voleurs (Stealth, 2006; CE’09), Un autre homme (Another Man, 2008; CE’09), Toulouse (2010), Low Cost (2013), Les grandes ondes (Longwave, 2011; CE’12), La vanité (Vanity, 2015)
European Panorama Fiction 2016
Lionel Baier
Switzerland / France 2015
75 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Lionel Baier, Julien Bouissoux
Cinematography Patrick Lindenmaier
Editing Jean-Christophe Hym
Sound/Sounddesign Vincent Kappeler, Raphaël Sohier, Stéphane Thiébaut
With Patrick Lapp, Carmen Maura, Ivan Georgiev
Producer(s) Agnieszka Ramu, Frédéric Mermoud (Bande à part Films, CH), Estelle Fialon (Les Films du Poisson, FR)
Bande à part Films Rue Mauborget 6 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2015 – ACID

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere