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SWISS  2017 IN CANNES

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SWISS FILMS AT THE FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2017

� SPECIAL SCREENINGS � THE VENERABLE W.

7 PRODUCER ON THE MOVE 7 IVAN MADEO

3 DIRECTOR’S FORTNIGHT � THE INTRUDER � CRITICS’ WEEK  � SICILIAN GHOST STORY

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MARKET SCREENINGS ANIMALS GHOST HUNTING THE DIVINE ORDER

11 COMING SOON � ACID � BEFORE SUMMER ENDS

27 IN PRODUCTION

SWISS FILMS TEAM IN CANNES

CATHERINE ANN BERGER Managing Director caberger@swissfilms.ch T +41 76 368 02 65

SELINA WILLEMSE Head of Festivals & Markets swillemse@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 286 51 88

SYLVAIN VAUCHER Consultant Short Films svaucher@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 542 83 80

AIDA SULJICIC Head of Programmes &  Consultant Documentaries asuljicic@swissfilms.ch T +41 77 431 87 79

MARCEL MÜLLER Film Consultant, VOD, Programmes mmueller@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 787 93 88


SPECIAL SCREENINGS

LE VÉNÉRABLE W.

THE VENERABLE W. by Barbet Schroeder 4

In Burma, the Venerable Wirathu is a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk. Meeting him amounts to traveling to the heart of everyday racism and observing how Islamophobia and hate speech lead to violence and destruction. Yet this is a country in which 90% of the population has adopted Buddhism as a faith: a religion based on a peaceful, tolerant and non-violent way of life.

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WORLD SALES: Les Films du Losange, Paris T +33 1 44 43 87 28 filmsdulosange.fr WORLD PREMIERE: Cannes 2017 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Tony Arnoux tonyarnoux@orange.fr apricci@wanadoo.fr T + 33 1 49 53 04 20

FRANCE / SWITZERLAND Documentary, 100 min., 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Burmese, Pali, English, French PRODUCTION: Les Films du Losange, Paris / Bande à part Films, Lausanne / ARTE France /  RTS / SRG SSR

BARBET SCHROEDER * 1941 in Tehran, Iran. Swiss citizenship. Barbet Schroeder studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne and worked for Cahiers du Cinéma. In 1963 he founded the production company Les films du Losange and produced Eric Rohmer’s first two films. Schroeder also directed big budget Hollywood films such as SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (1992) and MURDER BY NUMBERS (2002). He received the César (Best Documentary) for TERROR’S ADVOCATE in 2007. His last film AMNESIA premiered at the Festival de Cannes 2015.


DIRECTOR’S FORTNIGHT L’INTRUSA

THE INTRUDER by Leonardo di Costanzo

ITALY / SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Fiction, 95 min, 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian CAST: Raffaella Giordano, Valentina Vannino, Marcello Fonte PRODUCTION: Tempesta, Bologna / Amka Films Productions, Savosa / Capricci Films, Nantes /  RAI Cinema / RSI

WORLD SALES: The Match Factory, Cologne T + 49 221 539 70 90 the-match-factory.com WORLD PREMIERE: Cannes 2017 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Wolfgang Werner werner@werner-pr.de T +49 170 333 93 53

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LEONARDO DI COSTANZO * 1958 in Ischia, Italy. Italian citizenship. Leonardo di Costanzo lectures at the Ateliers Varan in Paris since 1992. His last film L’INTERVALLO (2012) won several awards at the Venice Film Festival and received the David di Donatello Award for Best New Director. In 2014 he participated on the omnibus film LES PONTS DE SARAJEVO, a Swiss coproduction by Bande à part Films. L’INTRUSA is his second feature film.

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A tale of conflict and danger set in present day Naples. Like a modern Antigone, a social worker on the frontline of the daily war against criminal mentality is confronted with a moral choice that might destroy the sense of her work and her life forever.


CRITICS’ WEEK

SICILIAN GHOST STORY by Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza 6

In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her. To find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

Fiction

WORLD SALES: The Match Factory, Cologne T + 49 221 539 70 90 the-match-factory.com WORLD PREMIERE: Cannes 2017 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: V. Andriani: T +33 6 80 16 81 39 viviana@rv-press.com A. Dard: T + 33 6 77 04 52 20 aurelie@rv-press.com

ITALY / FRANCE /  SWITZERLAND Fiction, 122 min., 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian CAST: Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari, Vincenzo Amato, Sabine Timoteo, Filippo Luna, Lorenzo Curcio, Andrea Falzone, Federico Finocchiaro, Nino Prester PRODUCTION: Indigo Film, Rome / Cristaldi Pictures, Rome / RAI Cinema / Mact Productions, Paris /  ventura film sa, Meride / RSI

FABIO GRASSADONIA ANTONIO PIAZZA Italian scriptwriter-directors Fabio Grassadonia (* 1968 in Palermo) and Antonio Piazza (* 1970 in Milan) have been working together since their first common award-winning short film RITA (2010). Their debut feature SALVO (2013) was selected for Berlinale Talent Campus and Binger Filmlab and was honored with numerous awards, such as the Grand Prize and the Visionary Award of the Critics’ Week in Cannes.


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by Maryam Goormaghtigh

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE WORLD RIGHTS: Documentary, 80 min., 2017 Intermezzo Films SA, Geneva ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: T +41 22 741 47 47 French, Persian intermezzofilms.ch PRODUCTION: 4A4 Productions, Paris Intermezzo Films SA, Geneva /  T +33 1 42 25 30 27 4A4 Productions, Paris /  infos@4a4productions.fr Sunny Independent Pictures, WORLD PREMIERE: Geneva / RTS / Salvajes Cannes 2017 Productions, Paris

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MARYAM GOORMAGHTIGH * 1982 in Geneva. Swiss, French and Belgian citizenship. Maryam Goormaghtigh studied film at INSAS Brussels and has been working as documentary filmmaker in Paris and Geneva since 2006. BEFORE SUMMER ENDS is her first feature length documentary and was selected as opening film of the ACID programme in Cannes.

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After five years of studying in Paris, Arash has not adjusted to life there and decided to return to live in Iran. Hoping to change his mind, his two friends Hossein and Ashkan convince him to take a last trip through France.


BEYOND CINEMA:

THE SWISS DIGITAL SHOWCASE The best of Swiss virtual reality on show at the Festival de Cannes For this third edition of Beyond Cinema, The Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans presents two prominent and innovative Swiss Virtual Reality projects : Break a Leg (an interactive experience getting its inspiration from the magic shows of the 19th Century) and Ximoan (an immersive work inviting you to enter the afterlife). On this occasion, the work of Kenzan Studios, an award-winning VR Swiss company will also be showcased. EXHIBITION 17–21 May / 9am–6pm

SHOWCASE Saturday 20 May / 12–1pm

MATCH-MAKING 19–20–21 May (by appointment*)

NEXT Pavilion *Break a Leg, Ximoan and Kenzan Match-Making contact: mm@tous-ecrans.com

a project by

with the support of

Sw i s s Digital Alliance

Match-Making partner


Ivan Madeo is now looking for a French coproducer for his feature FINGERPLAY by Mauro Mueller as well as international partners for Léa Pool’s PROMISED LAND and GOOD BOY, a fiction film by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthias von Gunten.

FILMOGRAPHY (selection) PROMISED LAND by Léa Pool (Switzerland), fiction film in development GOOD BOY by Matthias von Gunten (Switzerland), fiction film in development MARLEN’S GARDEN by Christine Repond (Switzerland / Germany), fiction film in development FINGERPLAY (2018) by Mauro Mueller (Switzerland), fiction film in financing

STORM (2018) by Oliver Rihs (Switzerland / Germany), fiction film in financing MIDNIGHT RUNNER (2017) by Hannes Baumgartner (Switzerland), fiction film in post-production WONDERLAND (2015) by Michael Krummenacher et al. (Switzerland / Germany), fiction THE CIRCLE (2014) by Stefan Haupt (Switzerland), docufiction A WORLD FOR RAUL (2012) by Mauro Mueller (Switzerland / USA), short

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IVAN MADEO

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Ivan Madeo runs the production company Contrast Film with his partners Stefan Eichenberger and Urs Frey. Madeo has produced several award-winning films, such as Mauro Mueller’s short A WORLD FOR RAUL (Student Academy Award 2012) and THE CIRCLE by Stefan Haupt, which he presented at the 64th Berlinale. The film won the Teddy Award for Best Docu­ mentary as well as the Panorama Audience Award and was selected for more than 130 festivals and sold to 18 countries on four continents. In 2015, Contrast Film presented WONDERLAND by 10 Swiss directors in the International Competition of the Locarno Festival.


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ANIMALS by Greg Zglinski 10

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.

Fiction

WORLD SALES: Be For Films, Brussels T +32 4 89 80 21 23 beforfilms.com WORLD PREMIERE: Berlinale 2017

SWITZERLAND / AUSTRIA / POLAND Fiction, 94 min., 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German CAST: Birgit Minichmayr, Philipp Hochmair, Mona Petri, Mehdi Nebbou, Michael Ostrowski PRODUCTION: tellfilm GmbH, Zurich /  Coop 99 Filmproduktion, Vienna / Opus Film, Lodz

GREG ZGLINSKI * 1968 in Warsaw, Poland. Joint Swiss and Polish citizenship. Greg Zglinski works as director and screenwriter. He studied film directing at the National Academy for Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz, 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 in Venice. It also won the Swiss Film Award for Best Fiction Film. ANIMALS premiered at Berlinale Forum.


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GHOST HUNTING

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 ex-inmates, he attempts to re-enact a story that took place inside the centre’s walls.

FRANCE / SWITZERLAND / PALESTINE Documentary, 90 min., 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Arabic PRODUCTION: Les Films de Zayna, Paris / Akka Films, Geneva /  Dar Films, Ramallah /  ARTE / RTS

WORLD SALES Urban Distribution International, Paris T +33 1 48 70 46 56 urbandistrib.com WORLD PREMIERE: Berlinale 2017

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RAED ANDONI * 1967 in Ramallah, Palestine. Palestinian citizenship. Raed Andoni cofounded the pro­ duction company Dar Films in Ramallah and Les Films de Zayna in Paris. His docu­ mentary FIX ME (2009) was selected for the Sundance Film Festival, BAFICI and Festival dei Populi among others. GHOST HUNTING premiered at Berlinale Panorama and was awarded with the Glashütte Original Documentary Award and third place at the Panorama Audience Award for Best Documentary.

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THE DIVINE ORDER

DIE GÖTTLICHE ORDNUNG

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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.

Fiction

WORLD SALES: TrustNordisk ApS, Hvidovre T +45 29 74 62 06 trustnordisk.com INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Tribeca Film Festival, New York 2017

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 96 min., 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Swiss-German CAST: Marie Leuenberger, Max Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Noe Krejci, Finn Sutter, Peter Freiburg­haus, Therese Affolter, Ella Rumpf, Nicholas Ofczarek, Sofia Helin PRODUCTION: Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Zurich / SRF / Teleclub

PETRA VOLPE * 1970 in Switzerland. Joint Swiss and Italian citizenship. Petra Volpe studied at HFF in Potsdam. Her film DREAMLAND (2013) won a Swiss Film Award and was selected for many festivals. Volpe also adapted the screenplay for the box office hit HEIDI (2015). THE DIVINE ORDER was honored for Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the Swiss Film Awards and received the Nora Ephron Prize, the Award for Best Actress in an Int’l Narrative Feature Film and the Audience Award at Tribeca.


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AUTOUR DE LUISA

by Olga Baillif

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Luisa, a 40-year-old singer, and her companion Julien, a guitarist and composer, have had a group together for many years. One day, her father – whom she has not seen since she was a teenager – comes to see her after a concert. The encounter, during which he tells her he is seriously ill, unsettles Luisa. She begins to look differently at the life she leads.

WORLD RIGHTS: Alina film Sàrl, Geneva T +41 76 372 21 96 alinafilm.com and Neon Rouge Production, Brussels T +32 2 219 35 75 neonrouge.com

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AROUND LUISA

SWITZERLAND / BELGIUM Fiction, 88 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, English CAST: Pieta Brown, Bertrand Belin, Fabrice Adde, Thibault Frisoni, Mélissa Acchiardi PRODUCTION: Alina film Sàrl, Geneva /  Neon Rouge Production, Brussels / Local Films, Paris / RTS

OLGA BAILLIF Born in Geneva. Joint Swiss and Belgian citizenship. Olga Baillif studied film at INSAS Brussels. Her short film NUIT DE NOCES (2001) was awarded at many inter­national festivals. AROUND LUISA is her first feature length fiction film.


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LISA BRÜHLMANN * 1981 in Zurich. Lisa Brühlmann studied acting in Berlin from 2005 – 08 and directing at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) from 2010 – 16. Re­curring themes in her films are young female perspectives, coming of age stories and gender issues, like in her short films SPRING AWAKENINGS (2010) and HYLAS AND THE NYMPHS (2013). She has recently co-directed PERIPHERY (2016), which premiered at the Zurich Film Festival. BLUE MY MIND is her first feature film.

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 97 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German CAST: Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizen, Regula Grauwiller, Georg Scharegg PRODUCTION: tellfilm GmbH, Zurich / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK

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15-year-old Mia faces an overwhelming transformation which puts her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, Mia is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than she is.

WORLD SALES: Be For Films, Brussels T +32 4 89 80 21 23 beforfilms.com

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Why are young men so fascinated by war? Today just as back in the nineties when war was raging in Ex-Yugoslavia? On January 7th 1992, the young Swiss journalist “Chris” Christian Würtenberg was found dead in Croatia. Strangled with his scarf, still wearing the uniform of a platoon of international fighters. Twenty-five years later his cousin, director Anja Kofmel, researches Chris’ murder and the reasons why young men voluntarily go to war.

WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich T +41 44 456 30 20 dvfilm.ch

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CHRIS THE SWISS

SWITZERLAND / CROATIA / GERMANY Documentary, 85 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German, English, Spanish PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Film­ produktion AG, Zurich /  Nukleus Film, Zagreb /  MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktion, Leipzig

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 communi­ cation, specialization in ani­ mation film. Her Bachelor’s degree film CHRIGI (2009) has been awarded at numerous international film festivals. Since 2010 she has been wor­ king as animation and documentary filmmaker and illustrator. CHRIS THE SWISS is her first feature length anidoc film.


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SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary, 120 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Italian, English, French, German, Arabic, Swiss-German, Wolof PRODUCTION: Thelma Film AG, Undervelier / SRF / zero one film GmbH, Berlin / BR

WORLD RIGHTS: Thelma Film AG, Undervelier T +41 32 426 73 04 meier@thelmafilm.ch and zero one film GmbH, Berlin T +49 30 390 66 30 zeroone.de

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MARKUS IMHOOF * 1941 in Winterthur. Markus Imhoof is the director of the award-winning documentary MORE THAN HONEY (2012), which was screened and awarded at numerous film festivals worldwide. It was awarded as Best Documentary at the Swiss Film Award as well as at the German Film Award LOLA. Imhoof is also known for his fiction film THE BOAT IS FULL (1981), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during World War II, Markus Imhoof tells how refugees and migrants are treated today: on the Mediterranean Sea, in Lebanon, in Italy, in Germany and in Switzerland. In Lebanon, for example, the UNHCR has allotted 9000 places for 1.2 million refugees. All the others are illegal.


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FORTUNA

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Fortuna, a young African teenage girl, 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 catholic hospice at an altitude of over 2000 meters. While they wait for their fate to be decided by the Swiss authorities, Fortuna meets Kabir, a 26-year-old African refugee, and falls desperately in love. Their relationship develops in secret, till the day Kabir disappears.

Fiction

WORLD RIGHTS: VEGA Production, Lausanne T +41 21 312 07 43 info@vegaproduction.ch

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  / Proximus, Evere

GERMINAL ROAUX * 1975 in Lausanne. Germinal Roaux is a 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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by Dominik Locher

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German PRODUCTION: CognitoFilms, Zurich / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK / SRF CAST: Sven Schelker, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, José Barros, Michael Neuenschwander

WORLD RIGHTS: CognitoFilms, Zurich T +41 79 320 94 23 cognito-films.ch

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DOMINIK LOCHER * 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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After sensitive David (24) and his pregnant girlfriend Jessy (22) are beaten up, David starts using steroids. But instead of protecting his girl and their unborn baby, he is becoming a threat to them. When the amateur bodybuilder loses control of his temper and beats her, 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 Jessy for forgiveness.


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The story of the entangled fates of a nomadic Mongolian couple traveling into town due to a troublesome pregnancy, a taxi driver who is also a pimp, his mother and a prostitute.

WORLD RIGHTS: Hesse Film GmbH, Zurich T +41 44 576 40 30 hessefilm.ch

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OUT OF PARADISE

SWITZERLAND / MONGOLIA Fiction, 100 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Mongolian CAST: Bayarsaikhan Bayartsengel, Enerel Tumen, Adiyabaatar Rina, Erdenetsetseg TsendAyush, Oyun-Erdene Jamiyan PRODUCTION: Hesse Film GmbH, Zurich / SRF / Milan Film AG, Basel / Chogsom Film, Rapperswil / Chogsom Film, Ulaanbaatar

BATBAYAR CHOGSOM * 1974 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Batbayar Chogsom lives in Switzerland since 2008 and studied Social Sciences at the University of Zurich. Chogsom is a self-taught filmmaker, OUT OF PARADISE is his first feature film.


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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Fiction, 120 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Hindi PRODUCTION: Saskia Vischer Productions, Geneva / Ciné Sud Promotion, Paris CAST: Golshifteh Farahani, Irrfan Khan, Waheeda Rehman, Sara Arjun, Shashank Arora, Kritika Pande

WORLD RIGHTS: Feather Light Films, Geneva T +41 79 218 97 35 featherlightfilms.com

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ANUP SINGH * 1961 in Tanzania. Indian origin, British citizenship, based in Geneva. Anup Singh has directed films for Indian television and worked as a consultant for BBC2. His first feature film THE NAME OF THE RIVER (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 premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won more than 12 awards worldwide.

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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 loves, does not care about him, he seeks redress by paying a thug to sexually attack her. Feeling herself poisoned by the violation, Nooran sets off on a mystical journey to seek and avenge herself on her unknown attacker through the power of her song.


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THE STONE EATER

IL MANGIATORE DI PIETRE

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Cesare, a former bootlegger and human trafficker, finds the dead body of his nephew Fausto who was introduced into the business by him, in a remote Piedmont valley. He is resolved to find the killer. Sergio, a teenager from the valley, eager to flee its constriction, asks Cesare to help him guide a couple of stranded refugees abandoned by Fausto over the border. During the journey they get attacked and suddenly he faces Fausto’s murderer ...

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WORLD RIGHTS: Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich T +41 44 500 40 81 cineworxfilmproduktion.ch

SWITZERLAND / ITALY Fiction, 90 min. Based on the novel Il Mangiatore di Pietre by Davide Longo ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian CAST: Luigi Lo Cascio, Vincenzo Crea, Ursina Lardi, Bruno Todeschini, Leonardo Nigro, Antonio Buil PRODUCTION: Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / Achab Film Srl., Rome / RAI / RSI

NICOLA BELLUCCI * 1963 in Arezzo, Italy. Nicola Belluci studied Philosophy, Literature and Film at the Università degli Studi in Florence and Film at the Istituto di Scienze cinemato­ grafiche. Bellucci is known for his award winning documentary film IN THE GARDEN OF SOUNDS (2010), which was screened at numerous festivals worldwide and for GROZNY BLUES (2015), selected for Visions du Réel, DOK Leipzig and IDFA among others. THE STONE EATER is Bellucci’s first fiction film.


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MITKO PANOV * 1963 in Skopje. Joint Swiss and Macedonian citizenship. Mitko Panov studied directing at Lodz Film School and was teaching film at Tisch School of the Arts, HFF and at the University of Texas in Austin. His short WITH RAISED HANDS (1985) won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the Festival de Cannes. His last feature film THE WAR IS OVER (2009), a Swiss-Macedonian co­production, was awarded as Best Balkan Film at Tirana International Film Festival.

SWITZERLAND / MACEDONIA / WORLD RIGHTS: IRELAND / CROATIA Tipi’mages Productions sàrl, Fiction, 113 min. Geneva ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: T +41 22 735 41 18 English, Serbian, Croatian tipimages.ch CAST: Bruno Ganz, Padraic Delaney, Gary Whelan, Natasa Petrovic, Marthe Keller, Refet Abazi, Velibor Topic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic PRODUCTION: Tipi’mages Productions sàrl, Geneva / Pirej Film dooel, Skopje / Samson Films, Dublin / MP Filmska Produkcija, Zagreb / RTS / Teleclub

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At the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Colonel Pantic is accused and charged with crimes against humanity, but no one dares to testify against him. Vince Harrington, a young officer of the court, decides to go to Ex-Yugoslavia in search of the only man capable of confronting the colonel, former General Nikola Radin. Contrary to his expectations, the journey will turn into a fierce manhunt in the Balkan Mountains.

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Amidst the preparations for her 35th wedding anniversary, Meredith discovers that she is HIV-positive. Only her husband comes into question as the carrier. She finds out that he has been unfaithful to her with prostitutes and confronts him. Following an intense fight, they decide to deal with the condemnations and the illness together. But how much injury can love withstand? Will the celebration be a fiasco or the symbol for a new start?

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WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich T +41 44 456 30 20 dvfilm.ch

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 85 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German CAST: Barbara Auer, Robert Hunger- Bühler, Anna-Katharina Müller, Oriana Schrage, Therese Affolter, Daniel Rohr, Andrea Zogg, Charlotte Heinimann, Annette Wunsch PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Film­ produktion AG, Zurich /  SRF / Teleclub

CHRISTINE REPOND * 1981 in Basel. Christine Repond studied film in Bern, Basel and Munich. She is known for her award-winning first feature film SILVER FOREST (2011), which was selected for many international film festivals, such as Locarno Festival, BAFICI and Film­festival Max Ophüls Preis and received several awards.


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ET AU PIRE ON SE MARIERA

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by Léa Pool

CANADA / SWITZERLAND Fiction, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Sophie Nélisse, Karine Vanasse, Jean-Simon Leduc, Gilles Tschudi, Mehdi Djaadi, Mohcine Besri PRODUCTION: Lyla Films, Montreal / Louise Productions Lausanne

WORLD SALES: Seville International, Toronto T + 416 646 24 00 sevilleinternational. eonefilms.com

Fiction

LÉA POOL * 1950 in Geneva. Léa Pool emigrated to Quebec in 1975, where she has worked as a filmmaker since 1978. Pool is known for her awardwinning fiction films ANNE TRISTER (1996), A CORPS PERDU (1987) and SET ME FREE (1999) as well as for her last fiction film LA PASSION D’AUGUSTINE (2015). Her documentary DOUBLE SENTENCE (2017) screened at the Fribourg International Festival.

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Aïcha, 13 years old, masks her fragility behind a generous portion of insolence and arrogance. Impetuous and obstinate, she vacillates awkwardly between childhood and womanhood.


COMING SOON

AU LARGE

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It is summertime. Juliette, 20, and her best friend Lisa live on a small island off the coast of France. They’ve always lived there. In between the alcohol-­ fused nights at the island’s only bar, the local boys and the tourists, the film introduces us to two girls who are seeking a little freedom.

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Short Fiction

SUMMER 2017

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WORLD RIGHTS: Close Up Films, Geneva T +41 22 808 08 46 flavia@closeupfilms.ch closeupfilms.ch SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Fiction, 27 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Joséphine Pittet, Marie Béraud, François Labarthe PRODUCTION: Close Up Films, Geneva / Avenue B, Paris / RTS

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by Natalia Ducrey

FACING MECCA

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Short Fiction

SUMMER 2017

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WORLD SALES: Ouat Media, Toronto T +1 416 979 73 80 ouatmedia.com SWITZERLAND Fiction, 25 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Swiss-German, English, Arabic CAST: Peter Freiburghaus, Jay Abdo, Ruth Schwegler, Nicolas Rosat, Saya Ibrahim, Merav Ibrahim PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Film­ produktion AG, Zurich /  Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK / SRF

ECTE XP

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by Jan-Eric Mack

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer.


COMING SOON

I AM PIPPA

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WORLD RIGHTS: Tilt Production GmbH, Zurich T +41 43 960 39 15 tiltproduction.com SWITZERLAND Fiction, 28 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German, Italian CAST: Linda Cerabolini, Sylvie Marinkovic, Michael Neuenschwander PRODUCTION: Tilt Production GmbH, Zurich / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK / SRF

Short Fiction

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SUMMER 2017

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In her twenties, Pippa was an Italian telenovela star. Now in her forties, she desperately tries to become a famous actress again. Focused on her carrier, Pippa didn’t keep in touch with her daughter Luna (22) for many years. Her world starts to crumble, when Pippa unexpectedly meets her daughter again.

ECTE XP

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SONO PIPPA by Yasmin Joerg

STOPOVER

WORLD RIGHTS: 2:1 Film GmbH, Zurich T +41 43 536 99 75 2zu1film.com SWITZERLAND Fiction, 17 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German CAST: Sabrina Tannen, Moritz Leu PRODUCTION: 2:1 Film GmbH, Zurich / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK

Short Fiction

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SUMMER 2017

E

ECTE XP

Maren leads an orderly life as a bus tour guide. When her brother unexpectedly joins her traveling group of seniors she’s confronted with her affection for her brother and her fear of family ties – until the situation erupts in front of the entire public.

ECTE XP

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ZWISCHENSTOPP by Cosima Frei


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FALL 2017

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SUMMER 2017

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Point Prod, Geneva T +41 22 328 48 48 pointprod.ch SWITZERLAND Fiction, 14 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Bruno Todeschini, Maurice Aufair, Anne-Lise Fritsch, Natacha Koutchoumov

ECTE XP

D

Short Fiction

A day in the life of a foley artist.

YOU WILL KNOW NEITHER THE DAY NOR THE HOUR

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Short Fiction

ECTE XP

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Dennis Ledergerber, St. Gallen T +41 79 759 63 32 dennisledergerber.com SWITZERLAND Fiction, 7 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German CAST: Jörg Reichlin, Sina Schwery

DAS MÄDCHEN IM SCHNEE by Dennis Ledergerber

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COMING SOON

THE GIRL IN THE SNOW

VOUS NE CONNAÎTREZ NI LE JOUR NI L’HEURE by Samuel Grandchamp Paul’s parents, elderly and unwell, have announced their decision to die, together, assisted by an association. In a family that evidently suffers a lack of communication, he is unable to express his doubts and emotions. As he accompanies his parents to a prestigious hotel to spend their last week, he retains the hope to restore dialogue.


SPRING 2018

BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW

DER UNSCHULDIGE by Simon Jaquemet

by Samir

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Fiction PRODUCTION: 8horses, Zurich / Augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH, Cologne

SPRING 2018

FALL 2017

MARIO

MOUNTAIN OF FAITH

by Marcel Gisler

GLAUBENBERG by Thomas Imbach

SWITZERLAND Fiction PRODUCTION: Triluna Film AG, Zurich / Carac Film AG, Bern

SUMMER 2018

THE WIND TURNS LE VENT TOURNE by Bettina Oberli

SWITZERLAND Fiction PRODUCTION: Okofilm Productions, Zurich / SRF

SPRING 2018

WOLKENBRUCH’S CURIOUS JOURNEY INTO THE ARMS OF A SHICKSE by Michael Steiner

SWITZERLAND Fiction PRODUCTION: Rita Productions, Geneva / Silex Films, Paris

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Fiction PRODUCTION: Turnus Film AG, Zurich /  DCM Productions, Berlin / SRF

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SWITZERLAND / GERMANY / UNITED KINGDOM Fiction PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich / Coin Film GmbH, Cologne / Ipso Facto Productions Ltd., London

IN PRODUCTION

WINTER 2018


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