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Dominique de Rivaz was born in Zurich/Switzerland. She studied Literature and History at Fribourg University in Switzerland, where she worked as a press speaker and editor at the International Film Festival Fribourg. She also worked as a director’s assistant under Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov and Alain Tanner. As a director, screen and stage writer, her films include: Aelia (short, 1985), Georges Borgeaud ou les bonheurs de l'écriture (documentary, 1993), Le Jour du Bain (short, 1994), Totentanz (short, 1998), and her feature debut Jagged Harmonies - Bach vs. Frederick II (Mein Name ist Bach, 2003).