De noche los gatos son pardos

De noche los gatos son pardos

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A crew is shooting a libertine costume film when Valentin, the director, suddenly disappears. While the local police investigate, the film shoot continues but becomes strange. Robin, the cameraman and director’s lover, follows a promise made to Valentin and reaches the Mexican Pacific. A wild, playful, sensual, genre-bending film, introducing the talent of a true young visionary.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Valentin Merz
Script: Valentin Merz
Cinematography: Robin Mognetti
Editing: Andreea Vescan
Sound: Miguel Moraes Cabral, Adrien Kessler
Actors: Adrian Merz, Alain Labrune, Andoni de la Cruz, Bishop Black, Candida Sanchez, Céline Carridroit, Daniel Binggeli
Production: Andrea Film
Producers: Valentin Merz, Marie Lanne-Chesnot
Costumes: Dogartzi Magunagoicoechea
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Switzerland
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 110΄
Contact: The Open Reel
Awards/Distinctions: Best First Feature, Special Mention – Locarno IFF 2022

Valentin Merz

Born in 1985 in Zurich, Switzerland. Moved to Mexico City in 2007 where he worked as a typographer. From 2009 to 2014 he worked in Berlin in cinema and theater before studying film at HEAD – Genève (Haute école d'art et de design) in Geneva. His short films have been screened at international festivals. In 2018, he co-founded the production company Andrea Film. His feature film premiered in Locarno IFF.


2020 Brothers: A Family Film (short doc)
2020 Dreaming Like Louis (short)
2022 De noche los gatos son pardos