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IN BERLIN 2017 Please visit us at the European Film Market Martin Gropius Bau | Booth # 113 | T +49 30 206 033 427

Catherine Ann Berger Managing Director caberger@swissfilms.ch T +41 76 368 02 65

Swiss films at the 67th Berlinale Berlinale screening schedule

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Forum 5 Selina Willemse Head of Festivals & Markets swillemse@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 286 51 88

Aida Suljicic Head of Programmes & Consultant Doc asuljicic@swissfilms.ch T +41 77 431 87 79

Panorama 6 Berlinale Shorts

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Generation Kplus / Generation 14plus

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Berlinale Market Screenings

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Berlinale Talents

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Coming Soon

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Peter Da Rin Manager Festivals & Markets pdarin@swissfilms.ch

Published in February 2017

Andreas BĂźhlmann Consultant Film & First Feature abuehlmann@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 303 58 69

Cover: ANIMALS by Greg Zglinski Back cover: THE DIVINE ORDER by Petra Volpe


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Hidden Reserves Marija The Paris Opera I Am Not Your Negro Animals Before The Flight The Divine Order Dark Fortune Ghost Hunting I Am Not Your Negro Animals The Divine Order Cahier africain Ghost Hunting Ghost Hunting The Paris Opera Before The Flight Animals Animals The Little Bird And The Caterpillar In A Nutshell Wunderlich's World Ghost Hunting

Valentin Hitz Michael Koch Jean-Stéphane Bron Raoul Peck Greg Zglinski Laurence Bonvin Petra Volpe Stefan Haupt Raed Andoni Raoul Peck Greg Zglinski Petra Volpe Heidi Specogna Raed Andoni Raed Andoni Jean-Stéphane Bron Laurence Bonvin Greg Zglinski Greg Zglinski Lena von Döhren Fabio Friedli Dani Levy Raed Andoni

Market LOLA at Berlinale Market Panorama Forum Berlinale Shorts Market Market Panorama Panorama Forum Market LOLA at Berlinale Panorama Panorama Market Berlinale Shorts Forum Forum Generation Kplus Generation 14plus LOLA at Berlinale Panorama

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Animals The Little Bird And The Caterpillar I Am Not Your Negro Before The Flight I Am Not Your Negro Animals Cahier africain In A Nutshell Animals The Little Bird And The Caterpillar

Greg Zglinski Lena von Döhren Raoul Peck Laurence Bonvin Raoul Peck Greg Zglinski Heidi Specogna Fabio Friedli Greg Zglinski Lena von Döhren

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I Am Not Your Negro Before The Flight Ghost Hunting In A Nutshell Animals I Am Not Your Negro In A Nutshell Raving Iran

Raoul Peck Laurence Bonvin Raed Andoni Fabio Friedli Greg Zglinski Raoul Peck Fabio Friedli Susanne Regina Meures

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Animals

Tiere

Greg Zglinski

Switzerland / Austria / Poland Fiction, 2017, 94 min. Original language: German World premiere: Berlinale 2017 Cast: Birgit Minichmayr / Philipp Hochmair / Mona Petri / Mehdi Nebbou / Michael Ostrowski Production: tellfilm GmbH, Zurich Coop 99 Filmproduktion, Vienna Opus Film, Lodz World Sales: Be For Films, Brussels T +32 4 89 80 21 23 www.beforfilms.com Press Agent: Alibicommunications Brigitta Portier | T +32 4 77 98 25 84 brigittaportier@alibicommunications.be

A collision with a sheep on a country road initiates a whole series of weird and unsettling experiences for Anna and Nick which ultimately leave them both incapable of being certain exactly where they are: in the real world, in their own imaginations – or in someone else’s imagination.

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* 1968 in Warsaw, Poland. Joint Swiss and Polish citizenship. Greg Zglinski works as director and screenwriter. He studied film directing under Krzysztof Kieślowski, among others, at the National Academy for Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź, Poland. He is known for ONE LONG WINTER WITHOUT FIRE (2004), which won the Grand Prix Signis for Best Film and CinemAvvenire Award for Best Feature Film at Mostra Internazionale in Venice as well as the Swiss Film Award for Best Fiction Film.


P a n o r ama D o k um e n t e

P a n o r ama D o k um e n t e

Ghost Hunting

I Am Not Your Negro

La chasse aux fantômes Raed Andoni

Raoul Peck

France / Switzerland / Palestine | Documentary | 2017 | 90 min. | Original language: Arabic World premiere: Berlinale 2017

France / USA / Belgium / Switzerland | Documentary | 2016 | 92 min. | Original language: English World premiere: Toronto 2016

Production: Les Films de Zayna, Paris | Akka Films, Geneva | Dar Films, Ramallah | ARTE | RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Sales: Urban Distribution International, Paris | T +33 1 48 70 46 56 | www.urbandistrib.com In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, the Palestinian director decides to build the replicate of Al-Moskobiya, Israel's main interrogation centre, where he was jailed at age 18. Helped by exinmates, he attempts to re-enact a story that took place inside the centre’s walls.

Production: Velvet Film, Paris / New York | Artémis Productions, Brussels | Close Up Films, Geneva | ITVS International | ARTE | RTBF | RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Sales: Wide House, Paris | T +33 1 53 95 04 64 | infos@widehouse.org Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, this documentary touches on the tragic deaths of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.

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OSCAR® NOMINEE Documentary Feature


B e r l i n a l e S h o r ts

Before The Flight Avant l'envol

Laurence Bonvin

Switzerland Documentary, 2016, 20 min. Original language: French World premiere: Int'l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Award for Best Cinematography) International premiere: Berlinale 2017 Production and World Rights: Laurence Bonvin, Switzerland T +41 79 258 36 28 T +49 171 704 10 47 www.laurencebonvin.com

An exploration of the current state of some signigicant modernist and governmental buildings in Abidjan, the largest and most important city of Ivory Coast. As an architectural tour as well as a tribute to the remarkable achievements of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the film pays special attention to users and visitors, to their gestures and ways of informally appropriating the spaces. Watch online: SHORT FILM LIBRARY www.swissfilms.ch/shortfilmlibrary

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* 1967 in Switzerland. In 1991 Laurence Bonvin received a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles. Since 2002 she has been teaching photography at ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). She is known for her short documentaries SOUNDS OF BIKKIESDORP (2014) and AFTER VEGAS (2013), which competed at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.


G e n e r at i o n Kp l us

G e n e r at i o n 1 4 P l us

The Little Bird And The Caterpillar

In A Nutshell

Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe Lena von DĂśhren

Fabio Friedli

Switzerland | Animation | 2017 | 5 min. | Without dialogue World premiere: Berlinale 2017

Switzerland | Animation | 2017 | 6 min. | Without dialogue World premiere: Berlinale 2017

Production: Schattenkabinett GmbH, Bern | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Sales: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin | T +49 163 801 07 53 www.magnetfilm.de It is summer. High up in its tree, the little bird looks after the green leaflets on the maple tree in front of its door. It does not take long before a hungry caterpillar begins feasting on the tender leaves. The little bird manages to entice the gorger away – and thus begins an adventurous journey.

Production: YK Animation Studio GmbH, Bern SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Rights: YK Animation Studio GmbH, Bern | T +41 79 154 11 87 yk-animation.ch From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

Watch online: SHORT FILM LIBRARY www.swissfilms.ch/shortfilmlibrary

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Watch online: SHORT FILM LIBRARY www.swissfilms.ch/shortfilmlibrary


M a r k e t S c r e e n i n gs Closed Market screening – no press

The Divine Order Die göttliche Ordnung

Petra Volpe

Switzerland Fiction, 2017, 96 min. Original language: Swiss-German Cast: Marie Leuenberger / Max Simonischeck / Marta Zoffoli / Nicholas Ofczarek / Sofia Helin Production: Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Zurich SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen Teleclub AG World Sales: TrustNordisk ApS, Hvidovre T +45 29 74 62 06 www.trustnordisk.com

1971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971. www.goettlicheordnung.ch

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* 1970 in Switzerland. Joint Swiss and Italian citizenship. After studies in art and working as an AVID editor, Petra Volpe studied drama and screenwriting at HFF (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen) Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Since 2001 she has been working as an independent writer and director. Her last fiction film DREAMLAND (2013) was shown at festivals such as Busan Int'l Film Festival, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken and won a Swiss Film Award. She adapted the screenplay for Alain Gsponer’s box office hit HEIDI (2015).


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The Paris Opera L'Opéra

Jean-Stéphane Bron

In turn ironic, light-hearted and cruel, encompassing music and ballet, the film turns the spotlight on great passions, and tells the story of life behind the scenes at one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world. * 1969 in Lausanne. Jean-Stéphane Bron won the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary Film for CORN IN PARLIAMENT (2003) and again for CELEVELAND VERSUS WALL STREET (2010) which had premiered at Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. In 2007 he was awarded the Bayard d’Or for best screenplay and Best Actor at Namur for MY BROTHER IS GETTING MARRIED (2006), which also won a Swiss Film Award for Best Actor. His last documentary THE BLOCHER EXPERIENCE ( 2013) premiered at Locarno and was nominated for three Swiss Film Awards.

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France / Switzerland Documentary, 110 min. Original language: French Production: Les Films Pelléas, Paris Bande à part Films, Lausanne RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Orange Studio France 2 Cinéma World Sales: Les Films du Losange, Paris T +33 1 44 43 87 10 www.filmsdulosange.fr


M a r k e t sc r e e n i n gs

Perspektive deutsches kino

Dark Fortune

Hidden Reserves

Raving Iran

Stefan Haupt

Valentin Hitz

Susanne Regina Meures

Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 114 min. Original language: Swiss-German

Austria / Germany / Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 96 min. Original language: German

Switzerland | Documentary | 2016 | 86 min. Original languages: Persian / English / Swiss-German

World premiere: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 (Winner Oecumenical Jury Award) Cast: Eleni Haupt / Noé Ricklin / Elisa Plüss / Chiara Carla Bär / Martin Hug Peter Jecklin / Alice Flotron / Rebecca Indermaur et al. Production: Triluna Film AG, Zurich | Fontana Film GmbH, Zurich | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | SRG SSR | Teleclub AG World Sales: WIDE, Paris | T +33 1 53 95 04 64 www.widemanagement.com

World premiere: Zurich Film Festival 2016 3 Austrian Film Awards Cast: Clemens Schick / Lena Lauzemis / Marion Mitterhammer / Marcus Signer et al. Production: Freibeuter Film, Vienna | Neue Mediopolis, Leipzig | Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | ORF World Rights: Freibeuter Film, Vienna T +43 720 346 510 | www.freibeuterfilm.com The insurance agent Vincent Baumann, a coldblooded careerist and minion of a ruthless system, becomes a victim of the very corporations he represents. Degraded to a henchman, he doggedly struggles to get back on the job market and climb the social ladder. In the process, he realises that there are other values besides income and success and decides against his previous ideology and for another human being.

World premiere: Visions du Réel Nyon 2016 Winner First Steps Award Production: Christian Frei Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich | Zürcher Hochschule der Künste | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | 3sat Zürich World Sales: Rise And Shine, Berlin | T +49 30 47 37 29 80 www.riseandshine-berlin.com Anoosh and Arash are part of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police, they organize a manic techno rave in the desert. In Tehran they try their luck selling their illegally printed album. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left. But then they receive a phone call from the biggest techno festival in the world. Once landed in Switzerland, the haze of the instant euphoria evaporates quickly when the seriousness of the situation starts to dawn on them. www.ravingiran.com

Finsteres Glück

Late at night, psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital bed of 8-year-old Yves. The boy is the only family member to have survived a car crash. Eliane is both horrified and fascinated by the boy’s fate. An invisible bond develops between them, blurring the boundaries between private and working life.

Stille Reserven

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Lo l a at B e r l i n a l e

Cahier africain

Marija

Wunderlich’s World

Heidi Specogna

Michael Koch

Dani Levy

Switzerland / Germany | Documentary 2016 | 119 min. Original languages: French / Arabic / Sango

Germany / Switzerland | Fiction 2016 | 100 min. Original languages: German / Russian

Germany / Switzerland | Fiction | 102 min. Original language: German

World premiere: Festival del film Locarno 2016 International premiere: DOK Leipzig 2016 Production: PS Film GmbH, Zurich | Filmpunkt GmbH, Cologne | ZDF / 3sat World Sales: Rushlake Media GmbH, Cologne T +49 221 58 83 21 80 | www.rushlake-media.com

World premiere: Festival del film Locarno 2016 Cast: Margarita Breitkreiz / Georg Friedrich Production: Pandora Film Produktion, Cologne | Hugofilm Productions GmbH, Zurich | Little Shark Entertainment, Cologne | in coproduction with: WDR | ARTE | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | SRG SSR World Sales: Luxbox, Paris | www.luxboxfilms.com Marija, a young Ukrainian woman, earns her living as a hotel maid in Dortmund, Germany, but dreams of owning her own hair salon. She puts money aside each month but when she is fired without notice, her dream seems out of reach. Without work and under financial pressure, she finds herself forced to look for other opportunities. In her determination to reach her goal she sacrifices her body, her social relationships and her own feelings.

World premiere: Filmfest München 2016 Cast: Katharina Schüttler / EWi Rodriguez / Peter Simonischek / Martin Feifel et al. Production: X Filme Creative Pool GmbH, Berlin | Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Zurich | SWR | ARTE | ARD Degeto Film GmbH, Frankfurt am Main | SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | SRG SSR | Teleclub AG World Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH, Oberhaching T +49 89 673469 828 | www.betafilm.com

It all started with a school exercise book, which revealed the crimes of Congolese mercenaries against Central African women, girls and men. On their own initiative they gathered their testimonies to record the crimes committed against them. The film is a long-term observation that begins in 2008. While the victims try to master their difficult daily lives with confidence – and while the legal prosecution of war crimes committed is still in progress – the next war breaks out.

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Die Welt der Wunderlichs

Mimi, failed musician and overchallenged single mother of an imaginative and hyperactive son, takes a chance when her son secretly signs her up to a Swiss talent show. But she reckoned without her “beloved” family, who is about to accompany her to Zurich despite all of her resistance.


B ERLIN A LE T A LEN T S

Luka Popadić

Director, Producer

* 1980 in Switzerland. Joint Swiss and Serbian citizenship. From 2001-04 Luka Popadić studied History and Political Sciences at the University of Zurich. Later he worked as graphic designer in Berlin and as assistant director in Chicago. In 2014 he received his MA in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts University in Belgrade. His short films RED SNOW (2013) and BAITS AND HOOKS (2014) were screened and awarded internationally at festivals such as Saarbrücken, Beijing, Tampere, Guadalajara and Barcelona. He worked as assistant for Želimir Žilnik on documentary films in Africa and Serbia. He is currently developing his first feature-length cinema documentary about the conscript system of the Swiss Army. He is also participating at the Berlinale Short Film Station 2017 with his short fiction THE SHIFT.

Filmography (selection): Merry-Go-Round (2015) (short), Independent Film Centre Filmart, Director | Baits And Hooks (2014) (short), LP Film, Director | Red Snow (2013) (short), 2:1 Film, Director | Free State Of Edmund (2010) (short), Director and Producer Short Film Station The Shift, In Development, Serbia and Switzerland, 10 min, Tragicomedy, Director and Producer

Elena López Riera

Director, Screenwriter

* 1982 in Spain. Spanish citizenship. Elena López Riera is an essayist and filmmaker based in Geneva. She taught cinema and comparative literature at the University of Geneva from 2008 until 2013, and has been invited as a researcher to several European universities such as Sorbonne-Paris III. She has also worked as a curator and cinema programmer for the Cinema Jove Valencia International Festival, the Spanish culture mission to the UN, the Entrevues Belfort International Film Fest and Tabakalera. She is a cofounder of “lacasinegra”, a research and audiovisual collective. Her first feature film PAS À GENÈVE (2014) was screened at festivals such as Seville European Film Festival among others. Her short films: PUEBLO (2015) competed at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and THE ENTRAILS (2016) competed at the Festival del film Locarno.

Filmography (selection): The Entrails (2016) (short), Salvajes, Director | Pueblo (2015) (short), Gardi Films, Director Pas à Genève (2014), lacasinegra, Director

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Expected FALL 2017

Chris The Swiss Anja Kofmel

* 1982 in Lugano. Anja Kofmel studied animation film at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) and graduated in 2009 in visual communication, specialization in animation film. Her Bachelor’s degree film CHRIGI (2009) has been awarded at numerous international film festivals. Since 2010 she has been working as animation and documentary filmmaker and illustrator. She is currently working on her first feature length anidoc CHRIS THE SWISS.

Beginning of the nineties: Civil war in Yugoslavia. Young men from all over Europe are taking part. On 7 January 1992, a Swiss journalist was found dead in Croatia in the uniform of an international mercenary group. Twenty years later his cousin, the director Anja Kofmel, researched the background. She wonders: Why are young men so fascinated by war?

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Switzerland / Croatia / Germany AniDoc, 90 min. 2D Computer animation Original languages: German / Swiss-German / English / Spanish Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich Nukleus Film, Zagreb MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktion, Leipzig World Rights: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich T +41 44 456 30 20 www.dvfilm.ch


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Expected Summer 2017

Fortuna Germinal Roaux

Switzerland / Belgium Fiction, 100 min. Original languages: French / Amharic Cast: Kidist Siyum Beza / Bruno Ganz / Patrick D'Assumçao / Yoann Blanc / Assefa Zerihun Gudeta / Ina Tosca / Pierre Banderet / Simon André / Philippe Grand'Henry Production: VEGA Production, Lausanne Need Productions, Brussels RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Proximus, Evere World Rights: VEGA Production, Lausanne T +41 21 312 07 43 info@vegaproduction.ch

Fortuna, a young African teenager of 14, has had no news of her parents since arriving in Lampedusa, Italy. Together with other refugees, she is given shelter for the winter in a Swiss hospice at an altitude of over 2,000 meters. A community of Catholic brothers houses them while they wait for their fate to be decided by the Swiss authorities. It is there that Fortuna meets Kabir, a 26-year-old African refugee, with whom she falls desperately in love. Their relationship develops in secret, until the day Kabir disappears.

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* 1975 in Lausanne. Germinal Roaux is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He works exclusively with black & white. His debut feature film LEFT FOOT RIGHT FOOT (2013) won a Special Mention at Palm Springs, the Bayard d’or in Namur and a Swiss Film Award for Best Cinematography, Best Performance in a Supporting Role and the Special Award of the Academy.


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Expected SUMMER 2017

Glow Gabriel Baur

In 1982 Gabriel Baur obtained an MA in Cultural Anthropology, Psychology and Mass Communications. From 1983–84 she studied film at New York University. In 1983 she cofounded Onix Film. Her feature film THE BED QUEEN (1994) was screened at festivals such as Festival del film Locarno and Film & Video Festival Chicago. She is known for the documentary film VENUS BOYZ (2001), which screened at Berlinale, Karlovy Vary among others and was awarded at Locarno and nominated for a Swiss Film Award.

She was a muse, model and performer – a star, dazzling and intense. Lady Shiva rose from street prostitution to the top, was admired and disdained. She lived in the fast lane and died tragically young. Her dream was to become a singer. With her companions, we trace her life during a vibrant time that still kindles and provokes a yearning right to the present. The story of a woman’s meteoric fate and a great dream. An irrepressible desire for freedom in all its beauty and destructive force – and a stirring friendship and love.

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Switzerland Documentary, 98 min. Original languages: Swiss-German / German / English Production and World Rights: ONIX Film GmbH, Zurich T +41 44 272 38 00 www.onixfilms.com


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Expected Summer 2017

Goliath Dominik Locher

Switzerland Fiction, 85 min. Original languages: German / Swiss-German Cast: Sven Schelker / Jasna Fritzi Bauer / José Barros / Michael Neuenschwander Production: CognitoFilms, Zurich Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR World Rights: CognitoFilms, Zurich T +41 79 320 94 23 www.cognito-films.ch

After David, a 24-year-old nuclear plant worker, and Jessy, his pregnant 22-year-old girlfriend, are beaten up, David starts working out and using steroids. However, instead of being able to protect his girlfriend and their unborn baby, he is becoming a threat to them. When the amateur bodybuilder loses his temper and brutally hits Jessy, she leaves him. Only when David abducts his newborn daughter from the hospital, he becomes aware of his maniac behavior. He returns the baby and asks his girlfriend for forgiveness.

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* 1982 in Aarau. Dominik Locher studied theatre at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and film at the renowned American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His award-winning first feature TEMPO GIRL (2012) premiered at the Hofer Filmtage and was screened in competition at numerous international festivals.


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Expected Summer 2017

Let The Old Folks Die

Lasst die Alten sterben Juri Steinhart

* 1980 in Bern. In 2008 Juri Steinhart received his BA in film directing from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He works as independent director and screenwriter for fiction films and advertising. He has directed several short fiction films and the TV- and Web-Series EXPERIMENT SCHNEUWLY (2014–15). LET THE OLD FOLKS DIE is his first feature film.

Kevin lives in a time and place where everything is permitted and accepted. He wants to rebel – but against what? A tragicomedy about youth gasping for air in a cotton-candy world. A generation seeking a reason for its malaise and a way to shed the boredom – only to discover, at most, its own emptiness. That’s no way to start a revolution. Or perhaps?

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Switzerland Fiction, 100 min. Original language: Swiss-German Cast: Max Hubacher / Julian Koechlin / Flurin Giger / Samir Klipic / Olivia Lina Gasche / Jessy Moravec / Dimitri Stapfer / Giulin Stäubli / Christoph Gaugler / Regula Imboden Production: Lomotion AG Filmproduktion, Bern Teleclub AG World Rights: Lomotion AG Filmproduktion, Bern T +41 31 388 00 89 www.lomotion.ch


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Expected Spring 2017

Lust For Sight

La fureur de voir Manuel von Stürler

Switzerland / France Documentary, 85 min. Original languages: French / English Production: Bande à part Films, Lausanne RTS Radio Télévision Suisse Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Marseille World Rights: Bande à part Films, Lausanne T +41 21 311 90 34 www.bandeapartfilms.com

Faced with the threat of blindness, the director has launched himself into a quest to find out what visual perception means. His “lust for sight” fuels an initiatory journey which plunges us into the world of vision, and attempts to answer the question: what does it mean to SEE?

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* 1968 in Lausanne. Joint Swiss and French citizenship. Manuel von Stürler works as musician, composer, poet and filmmaker. He is known for the documentary film WINTER NOMADS (2012) which was shown at many international film festivals and won several awards such as the Bayard d’Or de la Meilleure Photographie and the Audience Award at Namur, the Grand Prix at Nyon, the European Documentary Film Award as well as the Swiss Film Award for Best Cinematography and the Special Award of the Academy.


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Meet The Gähwilers Usgrächnet Gähwilers Martin Guggisberg

* 1971 in Bern. From 1996–98 Martin Guggisberg attended the LIFS (London International Film School). He attended various courses given by Wojciech Marczewski, Jasmine Hoch, Lena Lessing und Gilles Foremann. He works as photographer, screenwriter and director. In 2006 he cofounded so&so production company in Zurich. His last short film BUUMES – THE BAUMANNS (2012) was screened internationally at festivals such as London UK Festival, Sofia International Film Festival and Filmets Badalona.

Therese and Ralph Gähwiler lead an idyllic “bourgeois” life in a small Swiss town. Therese dabbles in art and walks her pooch. Ralph is working on his move into local politics. His motto is: competent, committed, outspoken. Ralph's political ally is his even more conservative and uptight neighbour Peter, whose wife Monika is the epitome of nouveau riche. Therese and Ralph’s lives are turned upside down when an itinerant gardener, Ngundu, badly injures himself on their land. As Ngundu refuses to go to hospital and is unable to leave, they have no choice to keep him in the house – but out of sight. www.gaehwilers-film.ch

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Switzerland Fiction, 2017, 91 min. Original languages: Swiss-German / English World premiere: Solothurner Filmtage 2017 Cast: Philippe Nauer / Ruth Schwegler / David Wurawa / Matthias Hungerbühler / Sonja Riesen / Nick Monu Production: Tipi'mages Productions sàrl, Geneva SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen Teleclub AG SRG SSR World Rights: Tipi'mages Productions sàrl, Geneva T +41 22 735 41 18 www.tipimages.ch


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Expected Spring 2017

My Life Is a Gunshot Marcel Derek Ramsay

Switzerland Documentary, 91 min. Original languages: Swiss-German / German / English / French Production and World Rights: Cinéma Copain, Zurich T +41 43 322 05 11 www.cinemacopain.com

Noise artist Joke Lanz has a loyal fan base. And a revolting image: it’s not unusual for blood to flow on stage. For most people, his music is nothing but an excruciating noise anyway. How does a person come to live that way? The film shadows a sensitive artist haunted by a decades-old trauma: when he was 13 years old, his father went up onto the roof of the house and shot himself. Ever since then, Joke has been trying to find a way of dealing with it. And also with his own role as a father, which has been affected, too.

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* 1969 in Switzerland. Marcel Derek Ramsay works as a photographer, cinemato‑ grapher and film editor. In 2008 he founded the production company Cinéma Copain and has produced various short and feature length films. He made his directorial feature length debut with THE MASTER AND MAX (2015), which was screened at FICG Guadalajara, Mexico.


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Expected Spring 2017

The Song Of Scorpions Anup Singh

* 1961 in Tanzania. Indian origin, British citizenship, based in Geneva. He has directed films for Indian television and worked as a consultant for BBC2. His first feature film THE NAME OF THE RIVER (EKTI NADIR NAAM, 2003) was selected for over 30 festivals worldwide and won several awards. He is best known for QISSA – THE TALE OF A LONELY GHOST (2013), an Indian-German fiction film which premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won more than 12 awards worldwide.

A contemporary tale of twisted love, revenge and the redemptive power of a song, which unfurls like a folktale. Nooran is a singer, a scorpion healer, a mid-wife and a medicine woman for the Sindhi community of Rajasthan. When Aadam, a camel trader in the desert community, realizes that Nooran, the woman he passionately loves, does not care about him, he seeks redress by paying a young thug to sexually attack her. Feeling herself poisoned by the brutal violation, Nooran sets off on a mystical journey to seek and avenge herself on her unknown attacker through the power of her song. www.thesongofscorpionsfilm.com.

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Switzerland / France Fiction, 120 min. Original language: Hindi Cast: Golshifteh Farahani / Irrfan Khan / Waheeda Rehman / Shashank Arora Production: Feather Light Films, Geneva Ciné Sud Promotion, Paris World Rights: Feather Light Films, Geneva T +41 79 218 97 35 www.featherlightfilms.com


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Expected Spring 2017

Wild Cats Fauves Robin Erard

Switzerland / Luxemburg / Belgium Fiction, 93 min. Original language: French Cast: Zacharie Chasseriaud / Jonathan Zaccaï / Michel Voïta / Bérénice Baoo / Sabine Timoteo / Isaline Prevost Production: Box Productions, Renens Les Films Fauves, Differdange Novak Productions, Brussels RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Rights: Box Productions, Renens T +41 21 312 64 11 www.boxproductions.ch

Oskar, a 17-year-old orphan, lives with the Egger family in a perfectly arranged villa. However, he has only one dream: to get away from this golden cage in order to flee to Zimbabwe. While he strives to gather enough money to realise his escape plan, his guardian Elvis does everything in his power to put him back on the right track, even if that means going against the law, logic or ethics. Their relationship progressively turns into an implacable duel, which will lead Oskar to abandon his childhood for good and Elvis to fall into a whirlpool of madness and destruction

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* 1982 in Switzerland. In 2007 Robin Erard received his BA in directing and in 2008 an MA in screenwriting, both from IAD (Institut des arts de Diffusion), Brussels. He has directed several short films, such as ELDER JAKCSON (2010) which premiered at the Festival del film Locarno.


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