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Troubadour Films - Appia, memories of a painter

Appia, memories of a painter 2015  90’

Appia, memories of a painter

Dominique Appia, an 87-year-old Geneva painter, shares his work in a film that takes the form of an invitation to a journey. A journey about a human being who has marked his time with works that are a marvellous combination of hyperrealism and surrealism. His famous painting “Entre les trous de la mémoire” (Between the gaps of memory) has adorned millions of rooms throughout the world, inspired musicians and incited psychoanalysts’ reflections. You do not merely look at Appia’s paintings, you immerse yourself in them with your whole being. They draw you in and take you elsewhere. Appia paints with love and passion. An epicurean who skilfully combines reflection with pleasure without ever losing sight of the realities of his time. His paintings always give us the impression of coming from a dream or from a dream world.


  • Technical
  • Production
  • Info

Loïc Oswald
Additionnal Camera
Nasser Bakhti, Christophe Myer
Bernard Seidler, David Puntaner,
Béatrice Bakhti
Video Animation & Titles
Julien Dumoulin – studio Troubadour Films
Graphic design and website
Jérôme Vittoz
Sound design & Mix
François Wolf
Clarissa Hull
Troubadour Films

Written & Directed by
Nasser Bakhti
Produced by
Nasser Bakhti
Troubadour Films - Genève
Radio Télévision Suisse
La Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) 
Unité des Films Documentaires 
Irène Challand, Gaspard Lamunière and Laurent Huguenin-Elie
Assistant Director
Jean-Francois Berger
Production Assistant
Laure Bonvin
Production secretary
Inès Abeya

Original Language

English / Deutsch / Italiano
Video 16/9 Colour / HDCAM / Beta digital / DCP
Type & Running time
Feature Documentary – 90'
Year of production
Country of production

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Subtitles: English / Deutsch / Italiano

Bonus/extras: Deleted scenes / Galeries / Trailer