Like an Island (2022)


In the heat of the summer, two watchmen secure the river that runs through a neighbourhood in Lausanne. Ammar is new to the job, and Daniel shares his experience with him. During their rounds and encounters with the inhabitants, they observe and are observed, while bonds are being formed. And the question arises: what could have happened by the river?

Tizian Büchi creates a fable—part documentary, part fiction and tinged with magical realism—to subtly question our surveillance society.


“Questioning the surveillance society through the106 minutes film, Büchi brilliantly blurs the lines between fiction – the guards’ mission – and real life.”

– Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 13.04.22

“With his first full-length film, Tizian Buchi gives us a moment of suspended life, a daydream in which nature, represented by the Vuachère, unconsciously insinuates itself into the intimacy of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood, a mysterious and untamed presence that does not intend to step aside.”

– Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa, 13.04.22

“a film that dips into strange and wonderful phantasmagoria.”

– Mark Adams, Business Doc Europe, 11.04.22

Hybrid Documentary ‘Like an Island’ Wins Top Award at Visions du Réel

– Lise Pedersen, Variety, 16.04.22

Tizian Buchi, Switzerland 2022, 104´
Visions du Reel - International Competition, Karlovy Vary IFF - Special Screenings, Locarno IFF, DOKU FEST Kosovo, DMZ:DOCs, FIFIB Bordeaux, Front Doc Aosta, Bogota IFF, Sao Paolo IFF, Porto Post Doc, Max Ophuls Preis, Ethnocineca, Beldocs, Transilvania IFF
Grand Prix - Visions du Reel International competition, Award CCAS de Corse at Corsica Doc, Special Mention Grand Jury - Front Doc Aosta
World except of Switzerland
TV & distribution
RTS CH, VOD: Tenk, TIFF Unlimited

Graduated from the University of Lausanne in History and Aesthetics of Cinema and from the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD – Belgium) in directing. He works as a distributor for the Zurich-based company Look Now!, as a teaching assistant at the film department of the HEAD in Geneva, and as a programmer for various festivals, including Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), Locarno Film Festival, and currently Solothurn Film Festival and Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. After “On avait dit qu’on irait jusqu’en haut” and “La saison du silence”, “L’îlot” is his first feature film.