Noël Dernesch – Echo


Shot during COVID-19 Lockdown 2020

A tiny virus with an enormous impact on us all, Covid -19 forces us to pause for a moment. At the same time this standstill opens up new possibilities, giving us room to look at our lives from another perspective and to question the things we take for granted.

It is here that the short film ECHO, by director Noël Dernesch begins. In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown Noël Dernesch visits two mountaineers and holds a philosophical dialogue with them about their new day to day life and their personal views of the crisis in picturesque Grindelwald.

The two protagonists - close to nature, down to earth and thoroughly honest - talk about disruption, fear, hope, courage and goals. The courage to tackle things differently, to change perspectives, to throw off what is longstanding and to look into the future with new innovation.

These intimate and very personal moments, together with the cineastic pictures and the majestic mountain scenery create a wonderful contemporary testimony. And although their lives in this idyllic mountain landscape may seem far away from ours, their views on the current crisis are fundamentally human, far-sighted and surprisingly universal.

  • with Hans Schild, Andreas Abegglen
  • Based on an idea & directed by Noël Dernesch
  • Production – Shining Pictures
  • Director of Photography – Daryl Hefti
  • Produced by – Sophie Toth
  • Editor – Wolfgang Weigl
  • Line producer – Yanik Müller
  • 1AC – Marius Mahler
  • Drone pilot – Ricardo Perret / birdviewpicture
  • Drone camera operator - Niels Epting / birdviewpicture
  • Sound – Dieter Meyer
  • Runner – Gabriel Koller
  • Senior Colorist – Samuel Muff - SLGH, Zürich
  • Digital online – Pascal Holzer
  • Title design – Sven Züge
  • Filmgraphik – Ollie Peters
  • SFX, Edit&Mix – JingleJungle
  • Music – Massive Music Amsterdam
  • Film funding SRF, BAK
  • LOCKDOWN COLLECTION by swiss Filmmakers initiated by Turnus Film AG, Frederic Gonseth, Cinédokké
  • With special thanks to
  • Hans Schild
  • Andreas Abegglen –
  • Rolf Bähler – Gemeinde Grindelwald
  • Christoph Ott –Tiefbauamt des Kanton Bern
  • Bruno Amacher – Leiter Werkhof Grindelwald
  • Christian Wegehenkel / Slaughterhouse GmbH Visual Manufacturing
  • Susanne und Sepp von Arx / Leuchtturm Filmbeleuchtung AG
  • Oliver Eberle / Eberle Filmequipment