Pierre-Yves Borgeaud’s recommendations
Music, in particular jazz, has always been an important part of director and filmmaker Pierre-Yves Borgeaud’s life. He even dedicated his dissertation for his Bachelor of Arts degree to jazz in novels.
His 1989 16mm short film debut, “Encore une histoire d’amour”, was selected at the Locarno Film Festival. “iXième” won the Léopard d’or Vidéo at the same festival in 2003. But without a doubt, “Retour à Gorée”, a feature film exploring the history of slavery and jazz, made with the Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, is the film that made his name internationally in 2007. This film earned Pierre-Yves Borgeaud prizes including, among others, the best documentary film at the 16th Pan African Film Arts Festival in Los Angeles.
“Lausanne is an extremely central place, both geographically and culturally privileged. (...) I live in the town centre and it feels like I have the whole world within reach.”
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Even though I was born in Monthey in the canton of Valais in 1963, I grew up in Lausanne from the age of five. My friends, my family and everyone close to me are in Lausanne. They keep me bound to the city. There isn’t a street corner that doesn’t hold a memory for me. Lausanne is an extremely central place, both geographically and culturally privileged. It opens up towards the lake and the mountains and it has a feeling of omnipresent nature. I live in the town centre and it feels like I have the whole world within reach. Of course, there is this mentality of keeping a low profile. It’s the opposite of New York, where the more successful you become the happier people are for you...
Chauderon Bridge I stroll very little because I work so much. But when I need to get some fresh air, I walk across Chauderon Bridge, a place with some breathtaking views – the city to the east, the sky to the west.
Montbenon and the Film Library I like going all the way to Montbenon to read or visit the Film Library (where I worked when I was a student). What an incredible treasure trove! People from Lausanne don’t realise how lucky they are to have an institution like that so close to them. (At the end of October, for the Festival de Jazz Onze Plus, the Film Library will show several of the films Pierre-Yves Borgeaud has dedicated to jazz).
Le parc de l’Hermitage Sometimes I take the Borde and climb all the way up to Parc de l’Hermitage. Being up there is like being immersed in nature in the middle of the city. The Borde also takes us to Place du Tunnel, where I used to go for evenings out for nearly twenty years, most often at the Brasserie du Château.
Le Palais de Rumine Let me just repeat that the Film Library is one of my favourite spots. I also love the Palais de Rumine: a fascinating place filled with knowledge, art and music.
Le parc de Mon-Repos This is a special spot because it’s connected to my love affair with the Folie Voltaire. This is a fantastic, timeless place, a real utopia.
Isabelle-de-Montolieu Strange, no? I was actually living here when I wrote the script for iXième, the film I made with Stéphane Blok. I developed a paradoxical attachment to this end of the city which is in the country.
Real bistros I love the type of bistro which is deeply rooted to a particular place: the Café Romand, the Pinte Besson, the Bossette and the Evêché. I don’t really like places which simply follow trends.
La rue des Echelettes This landmark is my haunt. Each year in June there is a neighbourhood festival with exceptional concerts. Everyone knows each other. The street opens up onto Avenue de France, with its Sri Lankan, Vietnamese and African stores. You can find the whole world in just 50 metres.
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