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Tobias Nölle

Switzerland, France | 2016 | Genre: Drama | second feature film | running time: 91’

"Tobias Nolle elegantly portrays a modern antihero trying to find himself."
Muriel Del Don - Cineuropa

festivals & awards

Panorama, Berlinale 2016 / FIPRESCI Award


Aloys Adorn is a middle aged private detective who lives and works with his father. He experiences life from a safe distance, through a video camera he keeps recording 24 hours a day, and the massive collection of surveillance tapes he organizes and obsessively watches at home. But when his father dies, Aloys is left on his own and his sheltered existence begins to fall apart. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a public bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys will try an obscure Japanese invention called 'telephone walking' with her, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and go back into the real world.


We Are Dead
original title





Switzerland, France

running time


produced by

Hugofilm - Switzerland

in co-production with

Petit Film - France
SRF - Switzerland
SRG - Switzerland
ARTE - France

directed by

Tobias Nölle


New Europe Film Sales

A lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as "telephone walking".
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2010
Script&Pitch 2009

Tobias Nölle

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Christof Neracher