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by Yves Yersin


The inter-municipal school of Derrière-Pertuis is on a ridge of the Jura mountain range bordering Val-de-Ruz in the canton of Neuchâtel. Located in a hamlet where there are only five houses, at an altitude of 1153 meters, it is in the center of a region its inhabitants call «The Mountain», in a unique position in remote pastureland. In this enduring landscape, the furthest edge of the canton on the border of the Bernese Franches-Montagnes, Tableau noir chronicles life at the school over a year, focusing on the pupils, aged six to twelve, who share the same class, along with their successes and failures.

international title: Black Board
original title: Tableau noir
country: Switzerland
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Yves Yersin
film run: 117'
cinematography by: Yves Yersin, Patrick Tresch
film editing: Jean-Baptiste Perrin, Yves Yersin, Mamouda Zekrya
production: Ateliers Merlin Sàrl, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse
distributor: Filmcoopi Zürich AG
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main awards/selection

Locarno International Film Festival 2013 Concorso internazionale

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