Directed by Tobias Nölle
Switzerland, France | 91 minutes | 2016 | German | Drama

Aloys Adorn is a middle aged private detective who lives and works with his father. He experiences life from a safe distance, through a video camera he keeps recording 24 hours a day, and the massive collection of surveillance tapes he organizes and obsessively watches at home. But when his father dies, Aloys is left on his own and his sheltered existence begins to fall apart. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a public bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys will try an obscure Japanese invention called ‘telephone walking’ with her, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and into the real world.

Cast & Crew

Director: Tobias Nölle
Screenplay: Tobias Nölle
Cinematography: Simon Guy Fässler
Editing: Tobias Nölle
Cast: Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck
Producers: Christof Neracher (Hugofilm Productions), Jean des Forêts
Co-production companies: Petit Film, Schweizer Radio Und Fernsehen, SRG SSR, Arte

  • Tobias Nölle
    Tobias Nölle

Festivals & Awards
Berlinale Panorama – FIPRESCI Prize
Camerimage – Best Debut – Director
Las Palmas – Audience Award
ND/NF FEST Portugal – Golden Lynx Best Fiction Feature
Swiss Film Prize – Best Cinematography
Vilnius International Film Festival
Transilvania International Film Festival
Bogota Independent Film Festival
Helsinki Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Haifa International Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Denver International Film Festival
Cairo International Film Festival
Tbilisi International Film Festival
Kerala International Film Festival
Goteborg International Film Festival

press quotes

Filled with a constantly captivating dreamy or alternative comedy vibe. (…) Kaufman-esque look Aloys takes at madness and the joyful intimacy that fantasy can create this film is also really a very wonderful piece and it comes highly recommended.
Twitch Film

Tobias Nölle elegantly portrays a modern antihero. (…) A mysterious and powerful film.

Tobias Nölle

Tobias Nölle (1976 Zürich) studied film at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His short film RENÉ (2008) was screened at numerous festivals worldwide and won several awards such as the Golden Leopard in Locarno for the best Swiss short. Nölle is one of the directors of WONDERLAND, which premiered at the Festival del film Locarno 2015 (International Competition).

ALOYS is his first feature, which he wrote, directed and edited. It was developed at the Torino Film Lab and selected for the Rotterdam Cinémart and the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

2016 Aloys, feature
2015 Heimat land, omnibus
2007 René, short
2006 Mes vacances, animated short
2006 Kuckuck, short
2004 Bernd, short
2003 Dav is, short