Chagrin Valley

2022 | Documentary | 62 min | MA Film

Directed by Nathalie Berger

Collection: Degree Films 2022

In a warehouse on the outskirts of Cleveland, residents with dementia of an elderly home live in the crystalized past of 1950s America. The home’s residents and their caregivers share in their struggle for living and dream of a better future, or to return to a very present past. Chagrin Valley reveals the retrograde amnesia and collective fictions that make up the facade of modern-America, as well as our collective negligence towards those most in need of care - whether demented or not.

Runtime62 min
Year of Production2022
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatProRes, DCP
Aspect Ratio1.85:1
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatDigital
Spoken LanguageEnglish
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director Nathalie Berger
Cinematography Silvio Gerber
Music one tongue & votu
Editor Lizi Gelber
Production Manager Philippe Grob
Sound Design Manuel Gerber
Sound Mixing Manuel Gerber
Digital Colorist Ralph Wetli
Technical Support Postproduction Lars Wicki
Project Supervision Sabine Gisiger
Project Mentoring Sabine Gisiger
Financial Support Avina Stiftung, Haus des Dokumentarfilms, Volkart Stiftung
Executive Producer Filippo Bonacci
Programme Director Sabine Boss


14. December 2023
ZHdK Filme an den Solothurner Filmtagen

Die ZHdK ist durch diverse Diplomfilme in Solothurn vertreten: DER WERT DER DINGE von Tobias Luchsinger (Master Diplomfilm) CHAGRIN VALLEY von Nathalie Berger (Master Diplomfilm) ELECRTIC FIELDS von Lisa Gertsch AND THE WIND WEEPS von Aulona Selmani (Master Diplomfilm) WO DIE WILDEN BIENEN WOHNEN von Pascal Kohler (Bachelor Diplomfilm) REMEMBER, BROKEN CRAYONS COLOUR TOO von Urša Kastelic und Shannet Clemmings (Bachelor Diplomfilm)