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Films From Switzerland

Chantal Akerman's Golden Eighties is an exuberant witty tongue-in-cheek musical for the modern age. The inescapable comparison is with the light-opera musicals of Jacques Demy, but Akerman's touch is distinctly more vicious. The theme may be love, but the song lyrics (which she wrote herself) are ... Read more
During an ordinary weekend. disconcerting things start to happen. Alfred. 37, employed as an electronic surveillance specialist with a big industrial concern, and his wife, Julia. who works at an ad agency, are both caught up in a vague feeling of unease which seems to be enveloping the country An ... Read more
The handicapped experience the difficulties of living together in an extreme form. This film shows four of them in the attempt to overcome their greatest handicap: human isolation. Together with unhandicapped persons, they discuss their problems in a group, experience encounters and search together ... Read more
Swiss musicians Koch-Schütz-Studer turn a 30-day music marathon into a cinematic piece of chamber music. Their album, Hardcore Chambermusic, is a music publishing phenomena that has taken Switzerland by storm. This documentary gives audiences an insight into the artists at work during an epic ... Read more
Glamourous and gritty, Hell for Leather is anything but conventional opera on film. Dominik Scherrer revisits Ihe classic tale of Satan's fall from Heaven. Filmed on location in London's East End, Scherrer shot the film in three weeks and chose to record the actors singing live. With sharp edits ... Read more
In Claudia Lorenz's award-winning short, two old ladies meet unexpectedly at a hairdresser's. Maya recognises Charlotte, and Charlotte recognises Maya. But Maya denies they know each other. The unexpected encounter takes the two aback, but then memories of a youth spent together bring their ... Read more
“A road movie in reverse.” - filmmaker Ursula Meier ... Starring one of France's finest actresses, Isabelle Huppert, in a brilliantly modulated performance, Ursula Meier makes an ambitious filmmaking debut with this modern social farce about an anarchic family of five living beside an abandoned ... Read more
A violent bombardment of disturbing images, using animation, puppets, newsreels, stills and music, comments on man's amazing ability to answer technical problems and his equally remarkable incompetence with human ones. ... Read more
A malfunction in the industry of big business creates an evil and deathly solution. Thematically appropriate to the politics of today the bold, hard-edged graphic quality of this eel animation suits its strong, if somewhat heavy handed, message of 'blood oiling the war machine' . ... Read more
This evening Theo and his friend from work have gone to the pub. It is filled with the same old faces behaving in the same restrained fashion, talking over the same old things. Suddenly Theo stands up. This unusual action catches the patrons off guard but they soon return to their familiar ... Read more
The desperation of persecuted and persecutors are revealed in this tale of love and the loutish efforts of a gang of neo-Nazis. Torn between her Fascist brother and the immigrant worker she loves, a small-town waitress struggles to reconcile two men set apart by a gulf of hatred. A chronicle of the ... Read more
The film deals with the difficulties encountered by responsible, mature young men and women who are not married and have no children, yet decide to get sterilized ... Read more
"Jean-Luc Godard, the supreme iconoclast of the postwar generation, is still prolific after all these years, still wrestling with the questions that have informed his cinema over four decades. In Praise of Love (in Official Competition at Cannes 2001) is his most accessible film in years, it is ... Read more
A pioneer of American avant-garde cinema, voodoo priestess and dancer, Maya Deren created a unique body of work before dying, tragically young, in 1961. She was a vivacious, bohemian artist whose fierce individuality and wildly exuberant appearance and manner allowed her access to a diverse group ... Read more
Alain Tanner, whose earlier films from Salamander to The Middle of the World, were shown in previous Festivals in Melbourne, has created the most ambitious and complex of his socio-political comedies to date in Jonas. As in his earlier works Tanner's main preoccupation is with ideas, in this film ... Read more
"Are you trying to make a play for my daughter'", asks Lear (Burgess Meredith) of William Shakespeare the 5th, a development exec. with the "Cannon Cultural Division", currently travelling Europe in search of bankable projects and "meaning" in life and art, after a Chernobyl like disaster has ... Read more
Illustration of a song from Louisana, interpreted by Alma, a black singer. ... Read more
Alain Tanner's second feature is co-written by the English Marxist art critic, John Berger, and has earned much critical attention overseas for its treatment of the alienation of a young girl trapped within the mores of middle-class Switzerland. The salamander of the title equates the heroine with ... Read more
With a sweeping grandeur and the elemental passion and curiosity we've come to associate with Werner Herzog, director Thomas Imbach's Lenz creates an unconventional portrait of a tortured visionary caught between euphoria and desperation. Lenz is also a playfully ironic version of the Georg ... Read more
“[President of Chechnya] Kadyrov has publicly vowed to murder me… I have merely reported what I have witnessed, no more than that.” - Anna Politkovskaya, assassinated late-2006 ... In a political climate where more than a dozen Russian journalists had been killed for being 'off-side' ... Read more
Claudia Acklin's complex and intelligent documentary examines the passionate life and turbulent times of Swiss television personality Andre Ratti, who caused a sensation on July 2nd 1985 with his statement to the media - "I'm 50 years old, I'm a homosexual and I've got AIDS." ... Raid's remarks ... Read more
The police pick up a seemingly neglected man who has no identification papers, who cannot speak, and who appears to ... have lost his memory. ... Examinations by doctors and the police ... both fail to throw any light on his origin and the reasons for his inability to speak. Further attempts at ... Read more
Bombay. Mexico City, Moscow, New York. These four 'megacities' have populations of between eight and 24 million people, numbers unprecedented in human history. Austrian documentary maker Michael Glawogger probes both the micro and macrocosm of human experience, his focus is those at the very lowest ... Read more
On the Mediterranean borders of Europe, tourists try to relax whilst ‘illegal' immigrants struggle for a chance for a better life. ... --- ... D/S Michaela Müller P Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Michaela Müller L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009 ... --- ... D/S Michaela Müller P Academy of ... Read more
The film is the expression of its maker's personal fear of his dentist. ... Read more
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