Stephen Cafiero

19 minutes
Short Films
A world with a strange particularity, it has never known laughter. Neither humor nor derision exist. Until a psychoanalyst meets a patient with a strange illness...

Nowadays, what would a humorless society, without second degree look like? What would happen if, in this austere reality, a man started laughing? Life goes on: children are born, people die, and a lot of things happen in between. But this society has a little special something, it doesn’t know laughter. No one has ever laughed, derision, second degree, all that doesn’t exist. Until the day when a neuropsychiatry doctor is immediately conscripted by the army to examine a patient who has a strange particularity: he laughs. He even has a sense of humor. His facial deformities and his incoherent comments frighten the highest authorities, especially considering the fact that it seems highly contagious. The man is quicly shut in a bunker with the doctor who must cure him so this «scourge» doesn’t spread throughout the population... But then, the contagion proceeds, and even though the patient is confined to imprisonment, the doctor leaves with the «virus» out in the open.

Main cast : Alexandre Astier, Simon Astier and Olivier Rabourdin
Festivals :

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France, 2013)

Semaine de la Critique - Cannes Festival (France, 2013)

Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg (France, 2013)

Prix du public & Prix d’interprétation - Festival du court métrage d’humour de Meudon (France, 2013)

Leeds International Film Festival 2013 / Leeds (United Kingdom, 2013)

Prix spécial du Jury - Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest 2013 (France, 2013)

Prix du public - Ciné Club de Velizy-Villacoublay (France, 2014)

City of Lights, City of Angels (USA, 2014)

Fenêtres sur Courts (France, 2014)


Stephen Cafiero Short Films Zygomatiques
Stephen Cafiero Zygomatiques Short Films


Docteur Paul LamaradeAlexandre Astier
Patient Henry GaulanSimon Astier
General GagmanikofOlivier Rabourdin
JosphineSylvie David
Fille du Docteur LamaradeJeanne Dauny
Fils du docteur LamaradeJean-Stan Du Pac
Lieutenant GoinetFrançois Marielle
Soldat clownJean-Toussaint Bernard
Présentateur TVJoël Dupré La Tour
producerNathalie Lapicorey
producerZeynep Gizem De Loecker
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