next door


Fiction ∙ 2009
25 min ∙ 16/9

best short film Vila Do Condo 2010
Festival del Film Locarno 2009
Short film Mediterranean Festival Tangiers 2010

A film by Basil da Cunha

Serguei is a railway worker, seemingly cheerful and sociable. But within the intimacy of his gloomy apartment, he lives a terrible loneliness. When his television breaks down, he overhears a couple's argument in the apartment next door. Driven by a growing fascination for the woman's voice, he starts to share, by proxy, her everyday life, till the day he'll walk through her door…

Basil Da Cunha was born in Morges in 1985. He directed three short auto-produced films, then joined Thera Production in 2008. In 2012, he finished his cinema studies at the Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design of Geneva with his first feature film "Até ver a Luz". Since 2013, Basil Da Cunha is a cinema teacher at the Geneva HEAD. In 2017 he shot his second feature film "O fim do mundo".

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- Do you know a good florist guys ?

- Why do you want flowers ?

- To eat them !


Dorin Dragos
Carlos Marques
Antonio Buil
Boubacar Samb
Elphie Pambu
Baptiste Coustenoble

Screenplay and directing

Basil da Cunha


Patrick Tresch


Matéo Luthy, Michel Challandes


Miriam Varela


David Tabachnik


Basil Da Cunha, Amina Djahnine, Dominique Auvray

Sound editing and mixing

Adrien Kessler

Color grading

Laurent Kempf


Thera Production


HEAD – Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Genève

With the support of

Fondation Vaudoise pour le Cinéma with the help of the Loterie Romande, Canton de Vaud and Ville de Lausanne
Ville de Renens
Groupe d’Interêt Jeunesse


Best short film, Vila Do Conde 2010


IFF Locarno 2009, Léopards de demain, Swiss competition
Batumi international art house film festival, Georgia 2009
Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2009 compétition
Festival européen du film court Brest, Brest off 2009
Festival du film court francophone de Vaulx en Velin 2010
Journées du Cinéma suisse de Soleure 2010
Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, Focus Suisse, 2010
TAU Film Festival, Tel Aviv 2010
Festival de Court Métrages Atakpamé (Togo) 2010
Curtas Vila Do Conde, Portugal 2010, nationale Competition
Festival du Court-Métrage Méditerranéen, Tangers 2010
International Short Film Festival, Drama 2010
Skena Up Festival, Prishtina 2010
Festival Luso-Brasileiro, Studio des Ursulines, Paris 2010
Festival du film européen de Vannes, 2011
Fête de la francophonie, Swiss program, Kiev 2011
Festival UNESCO, Paris 2012


Kurzfilmnacht 2010 (Zürich, Schaffausen, St-Gallen, Chur, Bern, Luzern, Aarau)
Nuit du court-métrage 2010 (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Genève, Sion, Ste-Croix, Delémont, Lugano, Fribourg, Lausanne, Morges)
“Fenêtre sur le court-métrage contemporain” program, Cinémathèque française, 2010

Special program "Trois court-métrages de Basil Da Cunha" 21.02-7.03.2013, Lausanne, Morges, Fribourg, Genève, Berne, Neuchâtel, Yverdon, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Zürich


RTP, Portugal, 2011


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