Efecto Dominó

fiction, 35mm, 28 mins, Cuba/ Germany, 2010

with Alina Rodríguez, Enrique Molina, Luis Alberto García,
Yoset Puentes, Violena Isabel Ampudia, Samuel Claxton, Jorge Ali

Night-time in a quarter of Havana. A couple of men are playing a game of dominos while the women pass the time gossiping. Out of the blue, a man finds the granddaughter of Mercedes and Ramón at a park close by. It looks like she's been raped. The situation escalates, as chauvinist tendencies are incited to the point that a culprit must be found at any cost.

screened at 56 international film festivals and won 14 awards
see the complete festival list

When I shot the Kankouran

documentary, DV, 25 mins, Senegal, 2003

„Lorsque j'étais petit avec mes amis, quand on entendait les cris du Kankouran, on prenait tous la fuite, pour aller s'enfermer dans les maisons“. Djinn ou homme, le Kankouran apparaît, lors des cérémonies de circoncision, armé de coupe-coupe. Si les populations déplorent la perte de son pouvoir, Gabriel Gauchet qui a lui-même affronté le Kankouran, trouve qu'il fait encore peur, qu'il possède toujours puissance et force. En filmant cette richesse sacrée, Gabriel pose le problème de la perte de la culture."
(journal du festival du film de quartier à dakar 2002)

„Festival du film de quartier - Dakar/Senegal“

Public Health: Tanzania – Germany

documentary, DV, 15 mins, Germany / Tanzania, 2005

co-directed with Katharina Petke
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals:
A Challenge for Global Higher Education

produced for the “Hochschul-Rektoren-Conference” and DAAD, Berlin

When football is painting...

experimental documentary, DV, 5 mins, Senegal, 2005

The first time they participate in the soccer World Cup...
...in the opening match...
...against the world champion...
...and former colonial power...
...Senegal wins...
...and football starts painting!
Festivals (selection):
„DocAviv - Tel-Aviv International Documentary Film Festival“
“Festival Sesily, Tbilisi 2005“
„ARCIPELAGO – 13th International Festival Of Short Films And New Images“
„9th Media Art Festival Friesland 2005“
„INTERFILM – 21. Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin“
„22. Kasseler Dokumentar und Videofest“
„Exploding Television Satellite of Love (Rotterdam International Film Festival)“
„11 mm 2006 mundial“
„Platform Garanti Center for Contemporary Art in Istanbul“
„Bunkier Szuki“
„OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst Linz“
„BUSHO- Budapest International Short Film Festival“
„DOCSDF - International Documentary Film Festival Mexico City“
„Muestra Film Festival La Habana“

Die Kneipe

experimental fiction, 35 mm, 10 mins, Germany, 2006

co-directed with Andrzej Król

with Dana Cebulla, Juliane Gruner, Jürgen Hartmann, Jürgen Kloth, Jakob Schneider, Katharina Teljuk

“Be sure to have exhausted everything that is conveyed through motionlessness and silence!” (Jean-Luc Godard)

The film is a dark lyrical portrait of a pub and the people who linger in it. While they increasingly lose themselves into innermost thoughts, their perception of things starts mingling with surreal events.

screened at 50 international film festivals and won 5 awards and special mentions
see the complete festival list

The Mass of Men

fiction, S16mm, 17 mins, UK, 2012

with Peter Faulkner, Jane McDowell, Dominic Kinnaird, Graham Bohea, Brice Stratford

Richard, an unemployed 55-year-old, arrives 3 minutes late for his appointment at a job centre. An advisor, stifled by the limits of the system she works in, has no choice but to penalise him for his tardiness. To avoid plunging further into destitution, Richard takes desperate measures.

- Winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival 2012
- Selected at 170 international film festivals and won 77 awards
see the complete festival list

Mwansa the Great

fiction, DCP, 23 mins, UK/ Zambia, 2011

co-written and co-produced (directed by Rungano Nyoni)

with Samuel Mwale, Anna Mithi, Owas Ray Mwape, Mwansa Bwalya, Lackie Phiri, Becky Ngoma

An eight-year-old boy who aspires to be a hero and embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness, with unexpected consequences. A moving insight into childhood where fantasy jostles with reality as a young boy’s imagination transforms and empowers everyday life.

- Nominated for BAFTA 2012
- screened at 85 international film festivals and won 24 awards and special mentions
see the complete festival list


fiction, 2K, Arri Alexa, 33 mins, UK, 2013

with Steven Mackintosh, Kate Hardie, Adam Thomas Wright

Ruth and Guy‘s years of resentment, manipulation and maliciousness culminate in a bitter separation. Things spiral out of control when their ten year old son, Max, starts to behave abnormally.

- World premiere at the Locarno Film Festival 2013
- Winner of the British Independent Film Awards for Best British Short 2013
see the complete festival list

© Gabriel Gauchet



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