Le Grand Soir

  • Feature
  • 1976
  • 95 Minutes
  • Switzerland
  • Language: French

In Lausanne, Léon is involved by accident with a small Leninist group and gets to know Léa, a dedicated activist and the group leader’s mistress. The police keep a close watch on them and trouble is bound to follow.

Director: Francis Reusser

Screenwriter: Jacques Baynac

Production Company: Artco Film, Cadiat, Centre Européen Cinéma – Radio - Télévision (CECRT)



1976: Locarno International Film Festival, Golden Leopard

1995: Entrevues - Festival International du Film de Belfort

2019: Locarno International Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Jacques Baynac

Editor: Lise Paccaud

Sound: Luc Yersin

DOP / Camera: Renato Berta

Cast: Arnold Walter, Roland Sassi, Jacqueline Parent, Niels Arestrup, François Berthet


Francis Reusser

1942-2020. Attended the School of Photography in Vevey and trained at the Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS). Worked with François Albera to create the audiovisual department at ESAV (École Supérieure de l’Art Visuel, Geneva, now HEAD). He was especially known for “Derborence” (1985) which was selected in Cannes (official competition) and won a César for Best French Language Film and “Le Grand Soir” (1976), Golden Leopard in Locarno. “Vive La Mort” (1967) and “Seuls” (1981) were selected for Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes.

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