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Beyond the Bolex

Beyond the Bolex

“Not only a great biopic, but also a marvelous celebration of the art of cinema.” - Hammer to Nail

The Bolex camera has been a trusty tool for filmmakers since its introduction in the 1920s. In this personal film, Alyssa Bolsey delves into her family’s history to uncover the story of the camera’s inventor, her great-grandfather Jacques Bolsey. A Russian refugee living in neutral Switzerland during WWI, Bolsey developed the iconic Bolex as a way to democratise image-making. Archival footage and interviews with renowned filmmakers who still swear by Bolsey’s invention offer an ode to the man and his movie camera.

Director Alyssa Bolsey is a guest of the festival.


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  • Country

    Switzerland, United States

  • Year


  • Runtime

    80 mins Mins

  • Director

    Alyssa Bolsey

  • Language

    English, French

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