Directed by : Stéphane Goël

Genre : Documentary

Duration : 70′

Year : 2022

Original version : French

Subtitles : English, German, Italian

State of necessity

Autumn 2019. A group of activists dressed as clowns play a game of tennis inside a Credit Suisse branch in Lausanne. Their aim is to call on Roger Federer, of whom the bank is one of the main sponsors, to make him aware of the toxic investments of the Swiss financial center. This action created a worldwide buzz when, a few months later, a Vaudois judge acquitted the activists, justifying their action in the name of imminent climate danger. But this was only the first step on a long legal road that would take the young activists all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

This film goes behind the scenes of a few episodes of climate justice.

An intimate, powerful, sometimes funny and moving journey that accompanies the protagonists through the lawyers’ offices and the lost steps of the courts. A journey strewn with countless pitfalls, tensions, hopes, bitter disappointments and fleeting triumphs.

Prix “Jouvence ” au Festival du Film Vert 2023
Festival de Douarnenez, Journées de Soleure, FIFAD, Chiayi International Art Documentary Film Festival, Regards en transition, Cinema Svizzero a Venezia, Bergwelten Film Festival, Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Festival Terre&Avenir, Festi’Vaches, Quai des images; Cinéma Différent; Festival RESISTANCES etc…


Directed by : Stéphane Goël

original idea by : Emmanuel Gétaz

Image : Nicolas Veuthey

Additional images : Camille Cottagnoud, Mathias Wälti, Athénaïs Python, Pauline Rumpf / 20 minutes, Alexandre Salama, Stéphane Goël

Sound : Masaki Hatsui, Björn Cornelius, Thibauld Weiler

Editing : Karine Sudan

Editing assistant : Antoine Flahaut

Music : Jean Rochat

Sound mix : Jérôme Cuendet

Color grading : Robin Erard

Production : Climage, Daniel Wyss

Coproduction : RTS, Steven Artels, Bettina Hofmann

Financial support : Office fédéral de la culture (DFI), Cinéforom et Loterie Romande, Fonds de production télévisuelle, Succès Cinéma, Succès Passage Antenne

© 2022 Climage – RTS



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