The Bapst Brothers, Carriers
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The Bapst Brothers: Romain, Maurice and Jacques - whom we will also meet in A Peasant Chronicle in Gruyère (produced in 1990) - are peasants and carriers and work with their father. In autumn and winter, they bid for the community's wood, cut down the pine trees and bring down the logs through the snowy woods by horse-drawn sleigh, often waiting for a good snowfall to help the sledge glide easier on its difficult descent.
The brothers learned each gesture from their father or grandfather, who used to work in the time when sledges were guided down the steep slopes not by horses, but by men.
"Jacqueline Veuve's film on the unloading of wood in the mountain, which was shot in La Roche with Conrad Bapst's sons, was recently honoured in Paris. It received first prize, no less - on account of its part in preserving the "French" heritage." — MG, La Gruyère, 1989
Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Special prize of the Swiss Society of Radio and Television (SSR)
International Alpine Film Festival, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 1992
Quality award, (Swiss Federal Office of Culture)
Silver Dove International Festival of Documentary Film, Leipzig
This film is also available as part of the Wood Crafts collection.
other films in the Wood Crafts series:
Armand Rouiller, Sledge-maker
Arnold Golay, Toy-maker
Claude Lebet, Luthier
François Pernet, Carpenter and Sculptor
Joseph Doutaz & Olivier Veuve, Shingle-makers
Marcellin Babey, Turner
Michel Marlétaz, Cooper
Pink Mountain Sand
A Little Corner of Paradise (Un Petit Coin de Paradis)