Matthey, a former collaborator of the Montreux Jazz Festival and co-founder of the Auvernier Jazz Festival, traces the story behind the unlikely friendship between a genius trumpeter and a jazz-crazed Swiss engineer. Through interviews and with access to an extraordinary film archive – mostly unseen to date – and musical excerpts, a fascinating portrait of the unassuming Jacques Muyal emerges.

This multi-linguist who, though he had his own jazz radio show at age 14 but never played an instrument, was an ardent supporter and life-long friend to many a jazz icon, most notably Dizzy Gillespie.

As Matthey says: ‘Muyal is not only an important witness in the history of jazz, he has also contributed in various roles to writing this story.’ As does Matthey in creating this film.

Swiss Focus

In 2017, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland hosted a Focus on South African documentary production and thus, in keeping with this spirit of cultural dialogue, Encounters in partnership with Swiss Films, will host a showcase of contemporary Swiss documentaries at the Festival this year. Two Swiss filmmakers, Heidi Specogna and Laurence Bonvin, will showcase their work and participate in the Encounters Industry programme.

Cape Town
Sun 4, 3pm
Sat 3, 5.30pm
Jacques Matthey
73 minutes