The Big Dam

Switzerland | 2015 | 14 minutes | Samuel Grandchamp

A boy of ten set off on a weekend trip with his father to explore the largest dam in Europe.

Director Biography
Samuel Grandchamp is a Writer, Director, Producer and Cinematographer. He is a Graduate Film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers Scholarship. Raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Samuel directed his first film in 2009, Le Grand Détournement Artamis, an award-winning short documentary, before completing a BS in Macroeconomics from HEC Lausanne. His film Calle Guise premiered at the 2014 Winterthur International Short Film Festival and was featured in the Best Swiss Short Films of 2014. His latest film, The Big Dam, was selected in many international festivals and won the Golden Leopard for Best Short Film at the 2015 Locarno Film Festival.

  • Original Language Title: Le Barrage
  • Director: Samuel Grandchamp
  • Principal Cast: Alessio Balossi, Pascal Gravat, Natacha Koutchoumov
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 14 minutes
  • Producer: Reinaldo Marcus Green
  • Screenplay: Samuel Grandchamp
  • Cinematographers: Federico Cesca
  • Editors: Justin Chan
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Locarno Film Festival 2015 (Golden Leopard for Best Swiss Short)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes