Aurélie Mertenat graduated from the Cinema Department of the Graduate Institute of Art and Design (HEAD) in Geneva in 2010, where she wrote and directed a short-film documentary (La maison de Cédric) and a short-film (Toupie). Filmmakers such as Albert Serra, Charles de Meaux, Miguel Gomez, and Apitchatpong Weerasetakhul have been sources of precious exchange and teachings. In 2011, she began her first full-length film at the Graduate Institute of Art in Lausanne while enrolled in a Masters in Screenwriting. In parallel, Aurélie Mertenat collaborates in the production of numerous films, documentary and fiction, as an assistant director and sound engineer ("Tableau Noir" by Yves Yersin / "La Maladie Blanche" by Christelle Lheureux). In 2011, she co-founded the association "Vue sur mer films" whose goal is to produce 'auteur' cinema in Switzerland. She is also part of an author's collective "Terrain vague". In 2017, she's presenting a medium-lenght at the 70th Festival Locarno called "Pietra Tenera".
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