Cows on the Roof directed by Aldo Gugolz won Jury Award for best Feature Documentary Film at Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2022.
"The jury selected Cows on the Roof as the winner of this year's competition for its unique point of view, beautiful cinematography and unflinching intimate portrait of its' hardscrabble subjects."
Fabiano is haunted by nightmares. They are a reflection of his life as the heir of his father’s small-scale agricultural business, located in an isolated valley of Southern Switzerland. He owns fifty goats and eight cows and is trying his best to produce the special alp cheese that first made his hippie parents back in the 1980s. But nothing is going the way it should... He is in debt, the alpine hut that he rents for the summer is dilapidated, and the goats cheese business is no longer profitable. His thoughts wander back to a fatal accident occurred the previous year to a Macedonian illegal worker. His death is haunting him, because he feels that he is at least in part responsible for it. Fabiano is not exactly in a good place to start a family, but will be a father soon. His girlfriend Eva is expecting – and is hoping to fulfill her dreams of a simple life surrounded by nature and animals. But how can they build a life together in such difficult circumstances?
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Screening 53 films in 4 days during the 2012 festival, with over 50 filmmakers and subjects in attendance, we had an 89% increase in attendance and expect 2013 to be even bigger and better. Next festival will be held April 18-21, 2013. The only documentary festival named to MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festival list.