Peel / Ecorce

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Switzerland / 15' / 09/2020 / animated documentary

In a hidden place, the daily routine of a retirement home unfolds as time seems to stand still. The penciled residents come to life on paper. Some are active, others rest or follow a fixed schedule to be repeated each day: medication, meals, games… Around them, machines are flashing, caregivers are busy and some crucifixes remind them of the death that lies in wait. Time fades away and nearby, stretches a forest.

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Samuel Patthey


Samuel Patthey was born in Berlin in 1993, He is the son of an architect and a painter and spent a lively childhood immersed in art, culture and creativity. He studied Animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). In 2016, he spent half a year at the Shenkar Engineering and Design school in Tel Aviv. Living in Israel has been a source of inspiration that he used in directing Travelogue Tel Aviv which won many prizes in festivals around the world. Since 2018, he works as a film animation director at Fribourg in Switzerland.


  • Travelogue Tel Aviv, 6’, 2017
  • Gueule de Carton et Chacha, 02’25, 2016
  • Hole in One, 00’30, 2016
  • Jake’s Secret, 00’20, 2015
  • EIDE, 00’51, 2015
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Silvain Monney


Born in 1993, Silvain Monney spent his childhood reading books, comics and watching films. He studied Animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Based in Fribourg, Switzerland, he works as a freelance animator and illustrator (press, posters, logos, comics, etc.) and gives drawing and paper cutting classes.


  • Ecorce – 15′ – 2020
  • Grenzen – 1′ – 2017
  • Gueule de Carton et Chacha – 3′ – 2016
  • Jake’s Secret – 1′ – 2015
  • Der Weihnachtskurs – 1′ – 2014
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Directing: Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey
Screenplay: Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey
Production: DOK MOBILE – Mark Olexa & Francesca Scalisi
Animation: Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey
Additional animation: Valentine Moser
Composer: Julien Gobet
Sound: Florian Pittet


  • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (5 – 15 August, 2020)
    National Competition Pardi di Domani


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list: No dialogues

Downloadable trailer: Click here