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Films From Switzerland

A record of the International Ski Championships on some of Switzerland's most famous skiing grounds. ... Read more
This film offers continuing evidence that Swiss film-making is still maintaining the high standards first achieved by Alain Tanner and Claude Goretta in the late sixties. Wilfried Bolliger is a new director and has chosen to set his second film in that area where many fear to tread, the romantic ... Read more
Switzerland, not only rich in historic edifices, also finds solutions to the building problems of modern times. ... Read more
The story of the Creation is modified by two feminist filmmakers. ... Read more
“That Summer has a sweet retro taste of the Nouvelle Vague.” - Hollywood Reporter ... A four-hander about friendship and fidelity from veteran French auteur Phillipe Garrel (Regular Lovers; Frontiers of Dawn, MIFF 09), That Summer follows hip artist Frédéric as he strikes up a friendship with ... Read more
On a cold, early morning a couple and their young son Bruno journey from Iheir home to the airport in Geneva. They will endure an emotional day of suspense and uncer­tainty for a meeting that will permanently alter their lives. ... Read more
A group of refugees have managed a dangerous escape into Switzerland in the Second World War. They include: Judith, a young Jew whose husband has been in a Swiss refugee camp for some time, her brother Olaf, the grey-haired Ostrowskij with Gitty his grand-daughter, the French orphan Maurice and a ... Read more
Euolaz—one of those comfortable, sprawling Swiss villages where the cattle trot home in the evening and the streets echo ... the sound of their bells. TV journalist Bernard Fontana arrives with his assistant Didier to record an interview with an expert on famine and malnutrition, who has ... Read more
Still more music wrapped in images. ... Read more
Based on the music "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi, the film tells, without words and following the rhythm and feeling of the music, the story of the four seasons. ... Read more
Patricia Moraz' film looks at the last seven days in the life of a young high school student, Jenny Kern, in Lausanne. She is played by French actress Isabelle Huppert, who starred in The Lacemaker. ... In this film she plays a gentle, introspective creature, who lives with her kindly grandmother ... Read more
More than half a million Italians live and work in Switzerland. Their labour is needed but their presence is regarded as an intrusion by a small popu­lation proud of its way of life. The Italians live behind ihe barrier of another language; as fellow humans they remain strangers. Such is the ... Read more
More than half a million Italians live and work in Switzerland, comprising a tenth of the entire population. They are needed in a country whose economy is geared to rely on foreign labour, but at the same time their presence is resented by the Swiss who regard them as intruders. It is an abnormal ... Read more
The scene is set: we meet three youngsters; one of ihem finds an old testament, another takes 'Das Kapital' from a corpse; both of them come under the spell of the varied teachings of these books, while the third boy, a young nobleman, is brought up in a religious atmosphere. When we meet them some ... Read more
The story is set in the valley of Moruz, which contains the town of Moruz and St. Claret, about 25 kilometres apart. Paul,34, is the director of a factory in St. Claret. His father is a small farmer from the village of Eligoz (popularity called the middle of the world). Paul marries an upper middle ... Read more
Nails—large, small, thick, thin-are the actors of this film with a message about the dangers of the population explosion. ... Read more
A toilet-eye view of a party. ... Read more
Heinze Giese, an ageing German industrialist, has recently been in a car accident in which his eldest son was killed. Because Giese crossed through a red light, he has lost his driving licence and is now a 'pedestrian'. ... The death of his son starts him thinking about his previous life and his ... Read more
The film traces in brief the whole development of man's methods of measuring time, from the days when the sun was his clock. ... Read more
In the darkness of the Middle Ages, to love a woman within the society from which one is exiled was a crime punishable by death. . . . This savage romance is told with fluid animation drawn with powdered carbon. ... Read more
A brilliant motion painting with two men on horseback riding up and down a spiral to an extract of an opera score. ... Read more
Under the most inhospitable of conditions in one of the most remote regions in the world, director Ulrike Koch has documented the journey and rituals of a nomadic Tibetan community. The fact that she has devised a film of sublime beauty and epic proportions while enduring such adversity is ... Read more
“Wonderfully eccentric and fascinating.” - The New York Times ... Celebrated Russian master, Aleksandr Sokurov, continues his portraits of fading totalitarian leaders with this epic work, the third in a series that first looked at Hitler (Moloch) then Lenin (Taurus) and now Japanese Emperor ... Read more
Layers of images of hills, trees, sun and moon converging in movement, the vagaries of exposure flaring the sensitive film emulsion. Using just one roll of 16mm film, run through the camera three times, Dellers has created an impressionistic light charged landscape study. ... Read more
This film may well turn out to be the sleeper of the decade. An unprepossessing story, an unfamiliar cast and crew, a gently comic tone — all these are the basic ingredients of a film that has been almost sensationally successful wherever it has been shown. ... Rolf Lyssy's film focusses on a ... Read more
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