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Films From Switzerland

Stranding his ship in the Alps, the misadventures of Captain Hu are brought to life with simple line animation. ... D/S Basil Vogt P Basil Vogt, Catherine Ann Berger WS Trickbüro L no dialogue TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
“Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's mesmerizing first feature recalls the bitingly literate social commentary of Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka… with a little Terry Gilliam (circa Brazil) thrown in for good measure.” - Smells Like Screen Spirit ... In a dystopian future that frowns ... Read more
Fragmentary documents about the double-life of the poet Comte Ivan Merdreff-Urban Gwerder. ... Federal Award of Switzerland; Jury Prize, Cinestud, Amerstadam; Main Prize, Oberhausen Festival. ... Read more
The title comes from the Old Testament, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live". Inspired by that text, Erwin Leiser, creator of the successful Mein Kampf, presents the situation of man in the nuclear age. ... The ... Read more
Afghanistan, "Switzerland of Asia", has about 12 million inhabitants and 12 cinemas. To one of these cinemas the admission is one afghani; the duration of the screening 3 minutes. ... Award of Merit, Oberhausen. ... Read more
An analytical documentation on the making of Alain Tanner's Jonas. Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (seen in the 1977 Festival). The film shows how one of Tanner's sequences is developed, the director discusses his aesthetic and philosophical approach to film making, his attitude to the use of music ... Read more
This film was made on the occasion of the 25th Jubilee of the Swiss Folk Costume Association at Lucerne, when peasant folk in their traditional costumes from all over Switzerland met in a colourful pageant to illustrate the important part folk costume plays in the nation's culture. ... Read more
Self-appointed 'militant surrealist' Jan Svankmajer describes his most recent film as a 'grotesque black comedy'. This latest work from the Czech director combines his signature Surrealist preoccupations - the uncanny, the unconscious, the power of the found object - with a concerted exploration of ... Read more
The formation, the beauty and the inexhaustible design potential of copper are shown in a series of loosely connected sequences. ... Read more
An imaginative abstract film using a pattern of coloured forms over a blue evening scene with four bare trees. ... Read more
Sadness and alienation fill a young poet's heart, but is there another who may give him hope? ... --- ... D/S Marek Skrobecki P Luc Toutounghi, Zbigniew Zmudzki WS SE-MA-FOR L no dialogue TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Marek Skrobecki P Luc Toutounghi, Zbigniew Zmudzki WS SE-MA-FOR L no dialogue TD ... Read more
For fifteen years filmmaker Thomas Imbach has filmed the world that lies outside his Zurich window. ... As the landscape changes, so does his life: his father dies, a baby is born and hundreds of messages are left on his answering machine. Through the shifts in season, through personal disasters ... Read more
This is not the usual film about the idyllic existence of the Swiss peasants living in the snow-clad mountains, yodelling with carefree abandon. It is about those peasants who have lost their taste for singing, the real proletariat of Switzerland. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen 1970; Quality Prize ... Read more
A documentary about the destruction of consumer goods. Still serviceable television sets are withdrawn from the market in order to sell new ones... ... Read more
St. Moritz. Where the ski champions go. And display all they can do on skis. Where the lovers of all winter sports congregate. And skate. curl, play ice hockey, swim, ride horses, bobsleighs, skeletons. With musical illustration, winter sports are demonstrated in all their white variety. ... Read more
"A modest enterprise of surprising impact, Jan Schutte's first feature film may remind veterans of the refugee stories by Erich Mana Remarque. The difference being that Remaique was writing about exiles escaping Nazi Germany before WW2, while Schutte deals with Pakistanis entering West Germany with ... Read more
"Wherever we go it has beaten us; wherever we turn, it follows us. We're surrounded by it, it gets inside us, we shed it... it nestles right into the despair of its own existence" - filmmaker Hartmut Bitomsky ... The bane of cleaners and allergy sufferers everywhere, dust is so tiny, so minute ... Read more
Who would imagine that Swiss avant-garde yodelling could bring so much joy? Well, it does. Enter the wondrous sonic world of three exceptional Swiss vocal artists whose universe of sound extends far beyond what we would describe as singing. The Alpine vistas are a stage and inspiration for our ... Read more
A visit through the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. ... Read more
What is time? A reality? An illusion? A concept? These questions lie at the heart of visionary filmmaker Peter Mettler's latest work. ... Peter Mettler was last seen at MIFF in 2010 with Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, a stunning, word-free visual essay on the ugliness of ... Read more
A film in which women come to question notions of identity at their window sills. ... "...at one window - a world with a child and at another window - a world without a child." A. M. Mieville ... Read more
From free association of somber thoughts, a new world is born. An adventurous spirit explores images which beckon and threaten, reflections of contemporary man's psychological landscape. ... Golden Leopard, Locarno 1969; Oxberry Berkey Trophy, Mamaia 1970 ... Read more
“We've entered into an era with the digital wherein, for different reasons, humanity will be confronted by problems which will not have the luxury of being expressed.” ... Touted as possibly his last film, Film Socialisme sees iconoclastic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard continue his late-period ... Read more
A stylized "happening" with a difference: a woman's—shall we say, posterior?—is subjected to an onslaught of ornamental ... improvisations, including paint, fruit and confectionery. ... Read more
As the preponderance of media outlets bombard us with information ranging from the trivial to the terrible, are we afflicted by the new malaise 'indifference'? An ideal and often overlooked use of the medium. Screened at Annecy. ... Read more
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