Documentary ∙ 2016
35 min ∙ 16/9

Grand Prize Oberhausen 2016
1st Prize Montreal UFF 2016
Medium-length film Prize Riga 2Annas 2016

A film by Louise Carrin

Lisa, the brothel madam of the luxurious « Le Vénusia » in Geneva and Lena, an artless prostitute as unpredictable as lazy are filmed in the intimacy of a smoking room where their relationship will combine tenderness and cruelty.

«(...)for its pacing, timing and editing and for its engaging and funny characters, the jury gives the MUFF 2016 grand award to Venusia by Louise Carrin.»
Montreal Underground Film Festival Jury

Born in 1986 in Cahors (France), Louise Carrin obtained a diploma in photography at the Fine Arts school in Lyon followed by a Masters in Cinema Studies at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. In 2010, Tape Amanda! Tape was shot as her diploma assignment and selected at the Winterthur Festival. "Black Butterflies" was selected at Visions du Réel 2013 and released in Swiss theaters in june 2013.
As of spring 2013, she shoots "Venusia" during five months in Geneva, which won the 2016 Grand Prize of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

Venusia · documentary · 35' · 2016
Black Butterflies · documentary · 55' · 2013
Tape Amanda! Tape · documentary · 18' · 2010
Juliette · documentary · 13' · 2009

«Behind closed doors, Venusia’s unique and still smoking room is the theater of Madam Lisa and Lena’s relationship torn between friendship and a power struggle, and it is also the metaphore of their mutual dependency.»
Louise Carrin, director


Madame Lisa

Screenplay and directing

Louise Carrin


David Cavallo


Louise Carrin

Original soundtrack

Emmanuel de Giorgi


Christine Hoffet, Antonio Trullén, Gabriel Gonzales, Louise Carrin

Sound editing and mixing

Philippe Ciompi

Color grading

Robin Erard


Thera Production, Julien Rouyet

With the participation of

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

With the support of

Cinéforom with the Loterie Romande


Jury Grand Prize, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2016
1st Prize, Montreal Underground Film Festival 2016
Medium-length film Prize, Riga 2Annas 2016


Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2016
Montreal Underground Film Festival 2016
Côté Court, Pantin (F) 2016
Tabor Film Festival (Croatia) 2016
Message to Man International Film Festival, St Petersburg, 2016
Riga International Short Film Festival (Latvia) 2016
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2016
Indie Cork Film Festival (Irland) 2016
Festival International Tous Ecrans, Geneva, 2016
St Louis International Film Festival (USA), 2016
Vilnius International Short Film Festival, 2017
Les 52es Journées de Soleure, 2017
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece), 2017
Short Waves Film Festival, 2017
Busan International Film Festival (Corea) 2017
DOKKA Festival (Germany), 2017


Flaherty NYC Fall, November 2016
Oberhausen on Tour, spring 2017


Mubi, May 2016
NY Tid (Norway), summer 2016


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