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Films From Switzerland

In the summer on 1936, mountain climbers from all over Europe dream of being the first to climb the notorious Eiger North Face. The two best climbers in Germany, Tony Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, share this obsession. And they're convinced that they can make it even though many attempts to scale ... Read more
A man is forced into stealing by the circumstances of his life and the pressures put upon him by the system. He has inherited a small factory from his father who made furniture, but he finds competition from plastic products has made his own too expensive. In desperation, he carts his furniture ... Read more
Notre Musique France/Switzerland The latest film from venerable 73-year-old French auteur Jean-Luc Godard arrives direct from its slot in Official Selection at Cannes. Set in three parts''Hell', 'Purgatory' and 'Heaven''Notre Musique is a philosophical meditation on the impact of warfare upon the ... Read more
This film is about the education of Viktor B. Viktor was born in 1949; his father a handyman, and his mother a general worker. His first five years were spent with his grandmother in Baar. His periods in institutions: 1954/55, Vincentianum (Basle); 1960/61, Chaurnont ('because of behaviour and ... Read more
... ... Documentary filmmaker Vassili Silovic's candid exploration of various Orson Welles projects is a fascinating tribute to his idio­syncratic talents and was made possible with the co-operation of Oja Kodar. Welles longtime companion, erstwhile collaborator and cust­odian of the vaults ... Read more
“Family tragedy intermingles with gender politics in a strong showing from Belgian auteur Joachim Lafosse.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Inspired by the disturbing true story of a woman who killed her children and then gave herself into police, Our Children is a claustrophobic, psychological drama ... Read more
Aerial views of Swiss landscapes are blended with music from Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. ... Read more
The image is no longer the slave of the container in the music video. It is more related to the art of painting than to the movie, and shall develop itself into the tradition of Ferdinand Leger and into its own form of art, even though the pressure to sell music often is that high, that the most ... Read more
“A noisy epic swirl of breast-beating, hair-tearing angst and portentous symbolism.” - New York Times ... Ever the champion of creative cinematic experiences over traditional structures and narratives, enigmatic auteur Leos Carax added another outlaw romance to his oeuvre with Pola X - a loose ... Read more
Prenom Carmen is quintessential Godard, but more immediately enjoyable than either Every Man for Himself or Passion. Godard credits Prosper Merimee as his source material, and this Carmen is as far removed from Bizet as it is from the recent films by Saura and Rosi. Most of the music is, in fact ... Read more
The rain in Switzerland falls. ... Read more
On the slopes of the Swiss Alps, six bodies invoke essential and powerful retelling of the story of St Luke. Portrayed mainly by explorative dance, Queens for a Day is a visual splendour. Spirituality and passion is beautifully and poetically crafted to give us this portrayal of the timeless ... Read more
A satirical view of Switzerland, tourist haven to the world. ... Read more
Return from Africa is the latest film from Swiss director Alain Tanner, whose film The Salamander was shown at the Melbourne Festival last year. In Return from Africa, a young couple plan to leave Geneva and visit Africa. They write to a friend there, who advises them to come. So they sell their ... Read more
“The place where my fathers died, return to the land of Gorée, the place where my mothers cried, return to the land of Gorée.” - Harmony Harmoneers African singer Youssou N'Dour takes an epic musical journey in Return to Gorée, following the footsteps of the African slaves and the jazz music ... Read more
Roberto Succo is a name many French would rather forget. A disaffected but charismatic lone wolf killer who prowled the south of France in the early 80s, Succo's fame turned life into art - then art into politics - when French police protested at the film's inclusion in Cannes last year. ... At 19 ... Read more
"All we have is the truth - I'm not giving up."Soraya, like thousands of Palestinian s around the world, has never seen her homeland. Travelling from New York to Israel after her grandfather's death, she comes to reclaim her heritage both spiritually and financially, but quickly finds out how naive ... Read more
Directed and co-written (along with leading players Franke and Levy) by Helmut (not the actor) Berger, this fast, funny, furiously paced romantic thriller has been favourably compared to Beineix's Diva, but trading that film's slick Parisian sheen for a more naturalistic Berlin grittiness. What's ... Read more
Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2012 Berlinale ... Twelve-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) lives with his unemployed older sister Louise (Léa Seydoux) in near poverty in the valley below a wealthy Swiss ski resort. To support them both, he travels daily to the “white gold” of the mountain ... Read more
Skinhead Attitude Switzerland/France/GermanyTwo years ago trouble flared in Las Vegas when white neo-Nazi skinheads brutally murdered a local black skinhead belonging to an anti-racist group. This event perfectly sums up the violent and contradictory nature of the subculture and its pervasion of ... Read more
Veteran documentary filmmaker Michael Glawogger's fiction feature Slumming, which premiered in competition at the Berlin, is a finely crafted, provocative work. Viennese rich kid Sebastian (August Diehl) lives off inherited money and enjoys playing pranks, with his housemate, on everyone and ... Read more
This ‘soft conversation on a hard subject between two friends' presents a dialogue between Godard and his collaborator, Anne-Marie Mieville. They talk about Cinema, Television and their work together. ... Read more
An evocation of water, through movement, colour and sound. ... Read more
The passionate career of a man obsessed with music. ... German music producer and founder of ECM, Manfred Eicher, has been responsible for introducing the world to over three hundred albums and countless new sounds. In Sounds and Silence documentary filmmakers Peter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer follow ... Read more
How do you put a price on a dream? ... Once the stuff of mere fantasy, then a symbol of the struggle between superpowers, space travel is now a possibility for anyone with a large enough bank balance. In the heart of Kazakhstan - nerve-centre of the cold war - a capitalist wonderland has emerged ... Read more
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