2018 – DCP 2K – colore – 94 ‘


Direction: Francesco Rizzi

Screenplay: Daniela Gambaro, Francesco Rizzi

Cinematography: Simon Guy Faessler

Editing: Giuseppe Trepiccione

Set design: Georg Bringolf

Music: Zeno Gabaglio

Costumes: Laura Pennisi

Cast: Vinicio Marchioni, Sabine Timoteo, Leonardo Nigro, Giorgia Salari, Alberto Ruano, Kaspar Weiss, Adele Raes, Jean-Pierre Gos, Monica Budde, Joachim Aeschlimann, Carla Cassola, Jun Ichikawa, Andrea Bruschi, Nils Habermacher, Jasmin Mattei, Maruska Manea, Lorenzo Pedrotti

Producers: Villi Hermann, Michela Pini

Production: Imagofilm Lugano in coproduzione con RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera – SRG SSR, 8 cavalli, Teleclub



Michael Suter is a mysterious and solitary man, constantly in motion, escaping his true self. During the day, he travels through Switzerland, creating new identities and evaluating the quality of customer service in shops and hotel rooms, while at night, he secretly observes the life of Anna, a rebel woman struggling with a complicated form of grief. After Anna discovers Michael’s obsession with her, a strange form of intimacy develops between the two, that soon turns into a tender yet disturbing relationship. But this fragile balance is threatened by a dark secret..



Born 1978 in Switzerland, Francesco Rizzi studied Art History at the University of Fribourg and film at the Roma Film Academy. Cronofobia is his first feature-length fiction film.



“Cronofobia is the story of a relationship between two different kinds of self-imposed isolations, with two people slowly finding a way to communicate. It is the tale of two prisoners, two strangers establishing an “intimate distance”. It’s a movie dealing with contemporary obsessions like the one for rating, for passing time and, above all, for simulation being a dominant characteristic in our lives, affecting the way we relate to other people. Cronofobia is ultimately about how fiction and make-believe are essential to experience reality and finally be able to face the person we see every day in the mirror. It’s a survival mechanism: if we don’t lie to ourselves to some extent, sometimes life is just too painful.”



2004 Rex Nemorensis (short)

2009 La culla del Dio morente (doc.)

2018 Cronofobia



2018 Zurich FF – Focus Competition

2018 Tallinn FF PÖFF – Concorso di primo lungometraggio: Premio speciale della giuria

2019 Saarbrücken FF Max Ophüls Preis – Concorso: Miglior regia, migliore sceneggiatura

2019 Solothurner Filmtage – Panorama