Longwave (film)

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Directed byLionel Baier
StarringValérie Donzelli
Michel Vuillermoz
Patrick Lapp
Francisco Belard
Release date
  • 2013 (2013)

Longwave (French: Les Grandes Ondes (à l'ouest), Portuguese: As Ondas de Abril) is a 2013 Swiss-French-Portuguese comedy-drama film directed by Lionel Baier. The film's principal cast are Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp, and Francisco Belard.


The film is set in 1974, based on a true story about a Swiss production team working for Radio Suisse Romande, who are assigned to produce a puff piece in Portugal but instead witness the Carnation Revolution.[1]


The film débuted at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival.[2] The US premiere of Longwave was at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 10, 2014.[3] The distributor in France is Happiness Distribution, and in Switzerland is Pathé; the film has also been sold to Zeta Films for distribution in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Paraguay.[4]


The reviewer for Variety found that the director had demonstrated "his thoroughgoing knowledge of and delight in film history, yet his striving for a 1970s screwball vibe feels too forced and artificial".[5] In Público's Ípsilon, Luís Miguel Oliveira gave the film two out of five stars.[6]

The film was nominated for the Swiss Film Award in three categories: Best Fiction Film, Best Screenplay (Lionel Baier and Julien Bouissoux), and Best Actor (Patrick Lapp) [7] but did not win, losing to I Am the Keeper in each category.[8]


  1. ^ "Longwave". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  2. ^ Stefania Summermatter (2013-08-12). "Une Comédie sur la Piazza Grande". swissinfo.ch. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  3. ^ "Longwave (Les grands [sic] ondes à l'ouest)". Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  4. ^ John Hopewell (2013-08-13). "Films Boutique Sells 'Longwave' at Locarno". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  5. ^ Jay Weissberg (2013-08-19). "Locarno Film Review: 'Longwave'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  6. ^ "Turismo revolucionário". Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2014-05-22.
  7. ^ "Nominations for the 2014 Swiss Film Award". 2014-01-29. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  8. ^ Martin Blaney (2014-03-24). "Keeper wins big at Swiss Film Awards". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-29.

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