Les Heures-Encre

2016 | Drama | 29 min | MA Film

Directed by Wendy Pillonel

Produced by Peacock Film | ZHdK

Collection: Degree Films 2017

FRANK (42) sets himself on fire at his workplace in protest against the indecent working conditions imposed by the company. At the base of this tragic event, two stories begin.
The first story is about Frank’s wife, LÉA (38) and their son VICTOR (10). When she learns that her husband has committed suicide, Léa goes on holiday with Victor, to whom she does not reveal that his father has died.
In the second story, we follow IGOR (59) an employee of the company. He discovers Frank's body and steals the protest letter written by him.

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Runtime29 min
Year of Production2016
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio Format5.1
Shot onARRI ALEXA, Zeiss HS
Shooting FormatProRes
Spoken LanguageFrench
Available SubtitlesGerman, English, French
Director, Screenplay Wendy Pillonel
Cinematography Ramón Königshausen
Production Design Emanuel Bühler, Anna Deborah Gerber
Music Jakob Eisenbach
Editor Fleur Matson
Produced byPeacock Film | ZHdK
Leading ActorsAntonio Builas Igor
Isabelle Caillatas Léa
Supporting ActorsFrédéric Landenberg
Eliot Spicher
Nathalie Jeannet
Pierre-Isaïe Duc
Guy Pillonel
Emanuel Fabris
Casting Wendy Pillonel
Costume Design Anna Deborah Gerber
Makeup Artist Marina Aebi
Location Sound Engineer, Sound Design Benoit Barraud
Digital Colorist Ramón Königshausen
Compositing Valentin Huber
Graphic Artist Studio 31 Tage
Technical Support Equipment Andreas Birkle
Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Norbert Kottmann
Robin Wenger
Ralph Wetli
Project Mentoring Ursula Meier
Production Peacock Film
Financial Support Budesamt für Kultur (EDI)
Executive Producer Milena Colla
Filippo Bonacci
Head of Programme MA Film Markus Imboden


12. December 2017
The Master degree film "LES HEURES-ENCRE" wins the Public Award in Leuven

The Master degree film by Wendy Pillonel wins the Public Award in the european competition of the International Short Film Festival Leuven.

International Short Film Festival Leuven

2. November 2017
Master degree film "LES HEURES-ENCRE" wins PUBLIC AWARD in Beijing

The master degree film 2017 by Wendy Pillonel wins a PUBLIC AWARD

Film Academy Int. Student Film & Video

20. October 2017

The Master Degree Film "Les Heures-Encre wins the EDWARD SNOWDEN AWARD at the Film Festival Signes de Nuit 2017 in Paris. Comment of the Jury: For having treated the difficult topic of suicide at work, that concerns the working organisation’s bases in its new forms of exploitation and domination, transforming workers in victims and executioner, we give the Snowden award to Black hours by Wendy Pilonel.

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10. August 2017
Deutscher Nachwuchspreis - FIRST STEPS 2017 | Two nominations

Two degree films are nominated by the "Deutscher Nachwuchspreis - FIRST STEPS" in the cateogry medium-length film: "Facing Mecca" by Jan-Eric Mack and "Les Heures-Encre" by Wendy Pillonel.


4. May 2017
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2017 - Nomination Bester Kurzfilm

Der Masterabschlussfilm "Les Heures-Encre" von Wendy Pillonel wird für die für die Kategorie Bester Kuzfilm 2017 nominiert

Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2017


16. March 2018 – 24. March 2018
FIFF - Festival International de films de Fribourg
Freiburg | Switzerland
Prix Visa Etranger 2018 - programme scolaire

2. February 2018 – 10. February 2018
Festival int. du court métrage
Clermont-Ferrand | France

19. January 2018 – 27. January 2018
Festival du Film Court
Vaulx-en-Velin | France

2. December 2017 – 9. December 2017
International Short Film Festival Leuven
International Short Film Festival Leuven
Leuven | Belgium

28. November 2017 – 3. December 2017
FILMZ - Das Festival des deutschen Kinos
Mainz | Germany

11. November 2017 – 18. November 2017
Camerimage, International Film Festival
Bydgoszcz (Bromberg) | Poland
Intern. Student Competition

22. October 2017 – 29. October 2017
ISFVF Int. Student Film and Video Festival - Beijing Film Academy
Beijing | China

5. October 2017 – 15. October 2017
Festival Signes de Nuit
Paris | France

2. August 2017 – 10. August 2017
L.A. Shorts - International Film Festival
Los Angeles | USA

20. June 2017 – 20. June 2017
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2017
Hamburg | Germany
Nomination Best Short Fiction

16. May 2017 – 16. May 2017
Ciné-Club de l’Université Ouvrière de Genève
Geneva | Switzerland

20. March 2017 – 26. March 2017
Woche der Nominierten - Schweizer Filmpreis Quartz 2017
Filmpodium | Zürich
"Digital Immigrants" Nominination als Bester Anschlussfilm und im Programm Filme der Filmschulen: "Les Heures-Encre" & "Millimeterle"

20. March 2017 – 26. March 2017
Semaine des Nominés - Prix du Cinéma Suisse Quartz 2017
Cinéma du Grütli / Genf
"Digital Immigrants" Nominination als Bester Anschlussfilm und im Programm Filme der Filmschulen: "Les Heures-Encre" & "Millimeterle"

23. January 2017 – 29. January 2017
Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis
Saarbrücken | Germany
Competition "Mittellanger Film"

19. January 2017 – 28. January 2017
Solothurner Filmtage
Solothurn |Switzerland
"Periphery" is nominated for the Audiance Award 2017