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NEW DOCS FEATURES #FEMALE PLEASURE A DONKEY CALLED GERONIMO ARCHITECTURE OF INFINITY CLOSING TIME EISENBERGER ISLANDER PUTIN’S WITNESSES SUBITO – INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHY 10 THE APOLLO OF GAZA 11 THE JOURNEY – A STORY OF LOVE 12 WALDEN 13 13 13 14

NEW DOCS SHORTS ALL INCLUSIVE A STRANGE TRIAL IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE FUTURE 14 SHOOTING CROWS 15 SWEET SALTY WIND 15 TALKING SOIL

16 THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ROBIN HOOD 16 WHERE WE ARE HEADING 17 FESTIVAL FAVOURITES FEATURES 17 BECOMING ANIMAL 18 BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES 18 CHRIS THE SWISS 18 ELDORADO 19 GENESIS 2.0 19 THE IMAGE BOOK 20 20 20 21 21

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SWISS FILMS TEAM

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

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

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

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


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#FEMALE PLEASURE written & directed by Barbara Miller 2

#FEMALE PLEASURE embarks on a journey to discover female sexuality in the 21�� century. The film questions millennial patriarchal structures, as well as todays omnipresent porn culture. #FEMALE PLEASURE accompanies five extraordinary women around the globe, reveals universal contexts and shows the successful fight of these courageous women for a self-determined female sexuality and an equal, sensual relationship between the sexes.

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WORLD SALES: CAT&Docs, Paris www.catndocs.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Festival 2018, Semaine de la critique MORE INFORMATION: www.femalepleasure.org

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary, 97 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, French, Japanese PRODUCTION: Mons Veneris Films GmbH, Zurich / Das Kollektiv für audiovisuelle Werke GmbH, Zurich / Indi Film GmbH, Stuttgart / SRF / ARTE / RTS / RSI

BARBARA MILLER * 1970 in Zurich. Barbara Miller worked on the Academy Award nominated documentary WAR PHOTOGRAPHER (2001) by Christian Frei. Her awardwinning documentary FORBIDDEN VOICES (2012) was selected by over 70 renowned international festivals such as Visions du Réel, Tallinn Black Nights and IDFA. #FEMALE PLEASURE premiered at the Locarno Festival and received the Premio Zonta Club Award of the Critics’ Week.


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A DONKEY CALLED GERONIMO

DER ESEL HIESS GERONIMO

directed by Bigna Tomschin, Arjun Talwar

ARJUN TALWAR * 1984. Arjun Talwar grew up in Mumbai. He studied Mathematics at Stanford University and Film in Lodz. His short docs WHERE I CAN’T BE FOUND (2014) and HABITAT (2015) both screened at Visions du Réel in Nyon.

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY  Documentary, 78 min., 2018 SCREENPLAY: Bigna Tomschin PRODUCTION: Lo-Fi Films, Thalwil / Arjun Talwar, Hamburg

WORLD RIGHTS: Lo-Fi Films, Thalwil www.lofi-films.com WORLD PREMIERE: DOK Leipzig 2018, German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

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BIGNA TOMSCHIN * 1990 in Zurich. Bigna Tomschin studied Film at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK and works as director and editor. Her short BLUE BLUE SKY (2014) became a festival-hit and was awarded with the German Camera Prize 2014.

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A group of sailors settle on a tiny island in the Baltic Sea, lured by its beauty and promise of paradise. When they eventually realize that their dreams are doomed to fail, they return to the mainland where a harsh reality awaits them. A real-life fable about the idea of paradise and its inherent impossibility. An epic adventure starring a bunch of heart-broken sailors.


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ARCHITECTURE OF INFINITY

ARCHITEKTUR DER UNENDLICHKEIT

directed by Christoph Schaub 4

With this new project, Schaub expands his field beyond the seeing and explaining of buildings to deal with a very specific aspect of the effects of space – which is transcendence. He guides the viewer through created spaces, art, music and nature, where transcendence can be felt and experienced.

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WORLD RIGHTS: maximage, Zurich www.maximage.ch WORLD PREMIERE: DOK Leipzig 2018, International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 85 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Portuguese PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / SRF / 3sat

CHRISTOPH SCHAUB * 1958 in Zurich. With almost thirty fiction and documentary films Christoph Schaub belongs to the most influental and active Swiss filmmakers. He directed several documentaries devoted to architectural themes such as SANTIAGO CALATRAVA’S TRAVELS (2000) or BIRD’S NEST – HERZOG & DE MEURON IN CHINA (2008) both selected for the Locarno Festival. For his fiction film JULIA’S DISAPPEARANCE (2009) Schaub received the Audience Award at the Locarno Festival.


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CLOSING TIME written & directed by Nicole Vögele

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY  Documentary, 116 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Chinese PRODUCTION: Beauvoir Films, Geneva / Filmakademie BadenWürttemberg, Ludwigsburg

WORLD SALES: Taskovski Films Ltd, London www.taskovskifilms.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Festival 2018, Cineasti del presente MORE INFORMATION: www.closing-time.ch

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NICOLE VÖGELE * 1983. Nicole Vögele studied journalism in Lucerne and documentary filmmaking at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. She is known for her films MRS LOOSLI (2013), awarded at Visions du Réel and FOG (2014), which premiered at Berlinale and screened in competition at many renowned international documentary film festivals. CLOSING TIME premiered at the Locarno Festival and was awarded with the Special Jury Prize of the Cineasti del presente competition.

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Mr. Kuo and his wife Mrs. Lin cook for the city’s sleepless. They work all night and sleep during the day, like many others in buzzing Taipei. Until one morning, riding back from the market, Mr. Kuo takes a different exit on the highway … The film is a cinematographic meditation on in-between moments – a kaleidoscopic journey relying on colours, sensations and the materials of life. An attempt at capturing time, an exercise in just seeing.


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EISENBERGER written & directed by Hercli Bundi 6

At the age of 40, the Austrian artist Christian Eisenberger has produced more than 45 000 works. Galleries, art fairs and museums exhibit and sell his works. In order to defend his autonomy against the follies of the market, he is constantly changing his working method. By including fortuity and destruction in his daily routine he does not only surprise his collectors, but first and foremost himself.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Mira Film GmbH, Zurich www.mirafilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: DOK Leipzig 2018, International Programme MORE INFORMATION: www.eisenberger-film.ch

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 94 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION: Mira Film GmbH, Zurich / SRF

HERCLI BUNDI * 1964 in Chur. Hercli Bundi studied film at the ECAL École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne and founded Mira Film together with Vadim Jendreyko in 2002. He produced many award-winning documentaries such as THE WOMEN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS (2009), MASTER AND VASSAL (2014) and CALABRIA (2016). Bundi’s previous film THE HOUSE IN THE PARK (2010) premiered at Visions du Réel in Nyon.


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ISLANDER directed by Stéphane Goël

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 92 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French, Spanish SCREENPLAY: Stéphane Goël, Antoine Jaccoud PRODUCTION: Association Climage, Lausanne / RTS

WORLD SALES: Sweet Spot Docs, Blonay Anna Berthollet anna@sweetspotdocs.com www.sweetspotdocs.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Festival 2018

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STÉPHANE GOËL * 1965 in Lausanne. Stéphane Goël studied documentary filmmaking at Global Village experimental Center in New York and collaborated with artists like Nam June Park and Shigeko Kubota. He directed several artistic and experimental videos before moving to documentaries. In 1985 he joined the producer’s association Climage. His last film ABOUT HEAVEN (2015) premiered at the Locarno Festival and was selected for the Masters Section at IDFA. ISLANDER celebrated its world premiere in Locarno.

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In 1877 a Swiss aristocrat, Alfred von Rodt, became the governor of the remote Chilean island that gave birth to the legend of Robinson Crusoe. Exiled from his country and family, Von Rodt strived to build a utopian “little kingdom” until his death, but failed and lost his entire fortune. The film tells the story of this outcast through the lives of his descendants, who today seek political autonomy and a preservation of their indigenous identity.


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PUTIN’S WITNESSES written & directed by Vitaly Mansky 8

It’s New Year’s Eve in 1999, and Russia is about to undergo a historic transformation. President Boris Yeltsin, aging and weak, steps down and appoints a little-known figure, Vladimir Putin, to replace him. Celebrated filmmaker Vitaly Mansky was there to capture the transition. Now, for the first time ever, he dips into his archives for a rare glimpse at the young Putin and the vast political machine that brought him to power.

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WORLD SALES: Deckert Distribution GmbH, Leipzig www.deckert-distribution.com WORLD PREMIERE: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

LATVIA / SWITZERLAND /  CZECH REPUBLIC Documentary, 102 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Russian PRODUCTION: Studio Vertov, Riga / GoldenEggProduction, Geneva / Hypermarket Film, Prague / Ceská Televize / ZDF / ARTE / RTS/ SRG SSR

VITALY MANSKY * 1963 in Lviv. Vitaly Mansky studied film at VGIK, All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography and became one of the most prominent contemporary Russian documentary filmmakers. His films such as UNDER THE SUN (2015) or PRIVATE CHRONICLES MONOLOGUE (1999) were screened at festivals worldwide and won several awards. Mansky is also the founder and director of Artdocfest. PUTIN’S WITNESSES premiered at the KVIFF 2018 and was awarded with the Grand Prix for Best Documentary.


NEW DOCS FEATURES SUBITO – DAS SOFORTBILD

SUBITO – INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHY written & directed by Peter Volkart

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 77 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Swiss-German PRODUCTION: Reck Filmproduktion, Zurich / SRF

WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de WORLD PREMIERE: Zurich Film Festival 2018, International Documentary Film Competition

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PETER VOLKART * 1957 in Zurich. Peter Volkart is one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed short film directors. He studied film at the School of Visual Arts, New York and works as independent graphic designer and filmmaker. Volkart’s award-winning shorts TERRA INCOGNITA (2005), ROOM 606 (2012) and SUBOTIKA – LAND OF WONDERS (2015) all became international festival hits. SUBITO – INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHY is his first feature-length documentary and premiered in the International Documentary Film Competition at ZFF.

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Press, wait, ready! Inventor Edwin Land’s camera made its mark on generations of artists and photographers and, even today in the midst of the flood of digital images, constitutes a source of unpredictable adventures and unique moments. The story behind the Polaroid picture in an artistic montage of archive treasures, art photographs, amateur shots and commercials, refining it with insights into the philosophy of art. Snapshots included!


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THE APOLLO OF GAZA

L’APOLLON DE GAZA

directed by Nicolas Wadimoff 10

In 2013, a statue of Apollo, God of Arts, Beauty and Divinations, is found off Gaza before disappearing under strange circumstances. Soon, rumour spreads around this treasure coveted by all. Both an investigative film and a reflection on history, the film immerses us in the little-known reality of a territory wounded by wars and a merciless blockade, but where life remains dignified and insubordinate.

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WORLD SALES: National Film Board of Canada, Saint-Laurent studiodocumentaire@onf.ca www.nfb.ca WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Festival 2018, Semaine de la critique

SWITZERLAND / CANADA Documentary, 78 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Arabic SCREENPLAY: Nicolas Wadimoff, Béatrice Guelpa PRODUCTION: Akka Films, Geneva /  National Film Board of Canada, Saint-Laurent / RTS

NICOLAS WADIMOFF * 1964 in Geneva. Nicolas Wadimoff has directed both fiction and documentary films, among them the awarded CLANDESTINS (1997). His films AISHEEN (STILL ALIVE IN GAZA) (2010), OPERATION LIBERTAD (2012), SPARTIATES (2014) and JEAN ZIEGLER, THE OPTIMISM OF WILLPOWER (2016) have been shown at prestigious festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno Festival and Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. THE APOLLO OF GAZA was the opening film of the Semaine de la critique in Locarno.


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THE JOURNEY – A STORY OF LOVE

A man and a woman travel through the world in a minivan: he, a restlessly inventive photographer, and she, the love of his life, paralysed from the neck down for the last 20 years. With courage, wit and charm they wrest from life, what it still holds worth living for. But what happens to love, when the circumstances of life change so drastically? The filmmaker (and daughter) goes in search of answers full of curiosity and wonder.

SWITZERLAND  WORLD RIGHTS: Documentary, 85 min., 2018 Hugofilm Productions, Zurich ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: www.hugofilm.ch German, Swiss-German WORLD PREMIERE: PRODUCTION: DOK Leipzig 2018, Hugofilm Productions, Zurich / International Programme SRF

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FANNY BRÄUNING * 1975 in Basel. Fanny Bräuning studied film at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. Her first feature-length documentary film NO MORE SMOKE SIGNALS (2008) on the local and devoted radio station of Lakota Nation, lost in the vast countryside of South Dakota, premiered at the Locarno Festival and received the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary in 2009. It was screened at many international festivals and awarded with several prizes.

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written & directed by Fanny Bräuning


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In the monastery forest of Admont a fir tree is felled and processed into a thousand wooden slates. The wood is piled into stacks and transported by train, boat and truck into the Brazilian rainforest. With powerful 360°-sequence shots, the film portrays slowly and relentlessly a paradoxical journey along the globalized trade routes to its mysterious final destination.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Beauvoir Films, Geneva aline@beauvoirfilms.ch www.beauvoirfilms.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018 MORE INFORMATION: www.walden-film.com

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 106 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Beauvoir Films, Geneva / SRF

DANIEL ZIMMERMANN Originally trained as a wood sculptor, Daniel Zimmermann attended the Fine Arts school in Bern. In 2005 he co-founded the artist association nadaproductions, the art and performance space nadalokal and the Austrian Ministry of Movement Affairs (BMfB). He works as director, writer and performer. His award-winning short films DOWNHILL SKIING IN SUMMER (2007) and STICK CLIMBING (2010) became festival hits. WALDEN was awarded with the Documentary Special Jury Prize at KVIFF.


written & directed by Corina Schwingruber Ilić

A workout on the sun deck, a conga line in the dining hall, a photo shoot with the captain, or a beauty contest for all ages: fun around-the-clock is guaranteed on a cruise, while you float along with your hotel room. The sea-faring holiday fortresses have come into vogue and business is booming. In the towering ship’s wake, we are left behind with lots of digital memories and a cloud of exhaust fumes on the horizon.

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SWITZERLAND Documentary, 10 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH, Basel WORLD SALES: Ouat Media, Toronto www.ouatmedia.com FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Some Shorts, Nijmegen www.someshorts.com WORLD PREMIERE: Venice 2018, Orizzonti

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ALL INCLUSIVE

A STRANGE TRIAL

SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 10 min., 2018 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, Italian PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RTS WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Fantoche Baden 2018

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“I have always wanted to make a film ABOUT hunting … that is … AGAINST hunting! But that’s not so easy when you come from a family of hunters … my thoughts are intermingled with my memories. I discuss it with my father: a hunter, of course. But my mother also has a thing or two to say …” Marcel Barelli

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UNO STRANO PROCESSO written & directed by Marcel Barelli


written & directed by Laurence Favre

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY  Documentary, 8 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCTION: Virgule Films, Geneva / Volte Slagen, Berlin WORLD RIGHTS: Virgule Films, Geneva virgulefilms@gmail.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Festival 2018

Archival footage of a weekend among friends at the beach intertwines with the testimony about memories that are fading away: the rock band, the pre-sixties flowerpower movement, a feeling of carefreeness and freedom …  it was the 1950s in the USA. The now aged protagonists share their memories and thoughts about a remote youth, that some still can feel. An essay on memory and the (un-)truth of images.

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE FUTURE

SHOOTING CROWS

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KRÄHEN SCHIESSEN written & directed by Christine Hürzeler

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 20 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Christine Hürzeler/chfilm, Zurich www.chfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2018 MORE INFORMATION: chfilm.ch/shootingcrows

A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky. A homeless man sleeps between the trees. A woman disappears. Now and then a crow is shot: as a deterrent. The crows rally after every shot. The police gather evidence. Reality and imagination become blurred. Fine cracks pervade everyday perceptions. Gradually we begin to suspect a new and unsettling reality behind the tangible world.


VIENTO DULCE SALADO written & directed by Laura Gabay

SWITZERLAND / CUBA Documentary, 20 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish PRODUCTION: Association Ecran Mobile, Geneva / EICTV Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, San Antonio de los Baños WORLD RIGHTS: Association Ecran Mobile, Geneva www.ecran-mobile.ch

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Three siblings live on the seashore, on the north coast of Cuba. Through the games and the context that surrounds them, we gradually discover the absence of their parents who immigrated off the island.

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SWEET SALTY WIND

TALKING SOIL

Since the end of the war in Yugoslavia they meet once a year – somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ground which they step on is full of danger. A threat which, even after 20 years, is still out to kill and injure people. Their status as minesweepers has not been defined by the state and so, the feeling of constant uncertainty has become normal. However, not to the feeling of being a worker without a profession.

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 28 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Bosnian PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Jan Baumgartner, Bern www.janbaumgartner.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Sarajevo Film Festival 2018 MORE INFORMATION: www.talkingsoil.com

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written & directed by Jan Baumgartner


directed by Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 25 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou, Daniel Schwartz, Alfredo Brillembourg PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Urban-Think Tank, Zurich www.u-tt.arch.ethz.ch / Gran Horizonte Media GmbH, Zurich www.granhorizonte.com

London, 1972 – post-war values of social welfare usher in an era of utopian housing projects. Among the most daring, Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens estate. Mixing documentary and fiction storytelling, intimate portraits of residents express the emotional, humorous, and complex story of the project. 50 years later, in a London vastly changed, we ask: where has Robin Hood gone?

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ROBIN HOOD

WHERE WE ARE HEADING

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LE SENS DE LA MARCHE written & directed by Jela Hasler

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 10 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Jela Hasler, Zurich www.jelahasler.ch FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Some Shorts, Nijmegen www.someshorts.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Festival 2018

Paris, 2017: While the new president is being elected, the state of emergency lingers. It sneaks through the capital, on the lookout for old and new monuments to make its own. As the city struggles to regain its innocence, it gently slips its way into everyday life and seeps into the constitution.


SWITZERLAND Documentary, 78 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Emma Davie, Peter Mettler CAST: David Abram PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / Scottish Documentary Institute, Edinburgh / SRF WORLD RIGHTS: maximage, Zurich www.maximage.ch FESTIVALS (SELECTION): CPH:DOX 2018 Docs Against Gravity 2018 Edinburgh Film Festival 2018 IDFA 2018

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Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive essay film draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Emma Davie and Peter Mettler and philosopher David Abram to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. We pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world – which in turn witnesses us.

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written & directed by Emma Davie, Peter Mettler

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BECOMING ANIMAL

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records. Since 1939, Blue Note has been inspiring generations of musicians in search of individual expression. Through current recording sessions, rare archive material and in talks with Blue Note stars such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Ambrose Akinmusire, the film tells of the dawn of jazz to Hip-Hop.

SWITZERLAND / US  Documentary, 85 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCTION: Mira Film GmbH, Zurich /  SRF / RTS / Teleclub / Isotope Films, New York  WORLD SALES: Eagle Rock Entertainment, London www.eagle-rock.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Shanghai IFF 2018 FID Marseille 2018 doclisboa 2018

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written & directed by Sophie Huber


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Croatia, January 1992. In the midst of the Yugoslav Wars, Chris, a young Swiss journalist is found dead under mysterious circumstances. He was wearing the uniform of an international mercenary group. Anja Kofmel was his cousin. As a little girl, she used to admire him; now a grown-up woman, she decides to investigate his story, trying to understand what really was the involvement of Chris in the conflict …

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SWITZERLAND / CROATIA / GERMANY / FINLAND  Anidoc, 90 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES:  German, Swiss-German, English, Spanish PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr, Zurich / Nukleus Film, Zagreb / MA.JA.DE., Leipzig /  IV Films, Helsinki WORLD SALES: Urban Distribution International, Montreuil www.urbandistrib.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Cannes 2018, Semaine de la Critique / Annecy 2018 / ANIMAFEST Zagreb 2018 / DOK Leipzig 2018 / IDFA 2018

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written & directed by Anja Kofmel

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written & directed by Markus Imhoof

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary, 92 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French, Italian, Kurdish, Swiss-German, Arabic, Amharic PRODUCTION: Thelma Film AG, Undervelier / SRF / zero one film GmbH, Berlin / BR WORLD SALES: Films Boutique, Berlin www.filmsboutique.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Berlinale 2018 Visions du Réel Nyon 2018 Docs Against Gravity 2018 Telluride Film Festival 2018 BFI London Film Festival 2018

Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with the Italian refugee child Giovanna during World War II, Markus Imhoof tells us how refugees and migrants are treated today: on the Mediterranean Sea, in Italy and in Switzerland. Switzerland’s official submission Foreign Language Film competition 91�� Academy Awards®


SWITZERLAND Documentary, 113 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English, Russian SCREENPLAY: Christian Frei PRODUCTION: Christian Frei Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / SRF / ZDF / ARTE WORLD SALES: Rise And Shine World Sales UG, Berlin www.riseandshine-berlin.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Sundance 2018 / Visions du Réel Nyon 2018 / DOK.fest München 2018 / Docs Against Gravity 2018 / IDFA 2018

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On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. One day, they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass. Resurrecting the woolly mammoth is a first manifestation of the next great technological revolution – genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.

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directed by Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev

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GENESIS 2.0

THE IMAGE BOOK

Do you still rembember how long ago we trained our thoughts? Most often, we went from a dream. We wondered how, in total darkness colours of such intensity could emerge within us. Image and words.

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Docufiction, 84 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French, Arabic, Russian PRODUCTION: Casa Azul Films, Lausanne / Ecran Noir Productions, Paris WORLD SALES: Wild Bunch, Paris www.wildbunch.biz FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Cannes 2018, Competition TIFF 2018 San Sebastian IFF 2018 New York Film Festival 2018 Busan IFF 2018

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LE LIVRE D’IMAGE written & directed by Jean-Luc Godard


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LIGNE NOIRE written & directed by Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi

A woman fishing in turbid waters, a suffering nature, the broken chant of the muezzin, all linked by a thin black line.

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 10 min., 2017 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Bengali PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: DOK MOBILE, Fribourg www.dokmobile.ch FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2017 IFF Rotterdam 2018 Clermont-Ferrand 2018 Tampere International Short Film Festival 2018 Palm Springs ShortFest 2018

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SWITZERLAND Documentary, 23 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German, Oromo PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) Video Department www.hslu.ch/video FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Visions du Réel Nyon 2018 Guanajuato International Film Festival 2018 International Short Film Festival Sao Paulo 2018 Milano Film Festival 2018

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The two young friends Hamama and Caluna have left everything behind to flee their home country and ended up stranded in a camp in northern Italy. One day, they decide to cross the closed border into Switzerland under cover of darkness by going over the Alps.


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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 5 min., 2017 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RTS WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch FESTIVALS (SELECTION): DOK Leipzig 2017 Sundance Film Festival 2018 Tampere international Short Film Festival 2018 SXSW 2018 Anima Mundi 2018

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As she is showering, dressing, putting on her make-up, a woman bares her soul. She speaks of her fears, her complexes, and the process of accepting – even loving – herself. Insecure, she loves neither her body nor her face. Then, one day, she starts posing as a photography model for a friend. With the passing of time, the photographs reveal to her the beauty of herself.

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written & directed by Elodie Dermange

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In the south of Spain, a race of colourfully painted pigeons, will reward not the one who flies the fastest, but the one who will have known how to seduce a female pigeon, and to fly the longest time at its sides.

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 24 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Alina film Sàrl, Geneva www.alinafilm.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Locarno Festival 2018 TIFF 2018 San Sebastian IFF 2018 ZINEBI 2018

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LOS QUE DESEAN written & directed by Elena López Riera


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written & directed by Jacqueline Zünd

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French PRODUCTION: Real Film GmbH, Zurich / SRG SSR

WORLD SALES: Autlook Filmsales, Vienna www.autlookfilms.com

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JACQUELINE ZÜND * 1971 in Zurich. Jacqueline Zünd studied at LIFS (London International Film School). Her documentary GOODNIGHT NOBODY (2010) won numerous awards such as Best Newcomer film at Visions du Réel Nyon and a special mention at DOK Leipzig, her last film ALMOST THERE (2016) premiered at IDFA and was awarded for Best Editing at the Swiss Film Award 2018.

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Parents split up, a family falls apart. Two separate worlds emerge from what once was considered a unity. In constant transition, children now live between two homes. This film approaches their reality and focuses on how fragile, but also how brave, smart and funny children perceive their situation.


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written & directed by Sonia Zoran, Thomas Wüthrich

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Young immigrants, having arrived alone in Switzerland. Elderly people, alone at Les Marronniers. In this continuing care facility in the Canton of Vaud, the artist François Burland decided to create an oversized engraving: with the young people, in the midst of the residents. For the length of a summer, they meet, tell their stories, share themselves.

WORLD RIGHTS: P.S. Productions Sàrl, Châtel-St-Denis www.ps-productions.ch

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SEULS ENSEMBLE

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 76 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: P.S. Productions Sàrl, Châtel-St-Denis / RTS

SONIA ZORAN Born in Vevey. Sonia Zoran studied Political Sciences at the University of Lausanne and has worked as journalist as well as a reporter and producer for RTS. In 2015 she received the Prix Dumur for her journalistic career. THOMAS WÜTHRICH * 1964 in Zurich. Thomas Wüthrich studied Law at the University of Zurich and filmmaking at the London International Film School (LIFS). In 1990 he founded Echo Film and works as producer, director and cinematographer.


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PABLO BRIONES * 1983 in Tucumán. Argentinean citizenship. BA in Film Production from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (2005), MA in Film Directing from ECAL / HEAD (2014). BARACOA is his first feature film.

SWITZERLAND / COLOMBIA / UNITED STATES Docufiction, 85 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish SCREENPLAY: Pablo Briones PRODUCTION: C-Side Productions, Geneva / Black Factory Cinema, THE MOVING Bogota / The Moving Picture PICTURE BOYS Boys, Nashville The Moving Picture Boys, Jace Freeman and Sean Clark, are a directing and producing duo from Nashville, specializing in a narrative driven direct cinema documentary approach.

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Hot summer has come to Pueblo Textil, a tiny village in the Cuban countryside. Leonel (9) and Antuán (13), are about to spend the holidays by themselves. The young boys have been friends their entire though short lives but this summer may be the last they spend together. As Cuba is going through a historical and transitional period, the two boys also come to a crossroad.

WORLD RIGHTS: C-Side Productions, Geneva www.c-sideprod.ch

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BLACK KITE

MILAN NOIR

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written & directed by Sergio Da Costa, Maya Kosa 26

Antonin, a mysterious young man, is an intern at the Center for Ornithological Readaptation in Geneva. At the center both wounded birds and lost souls are healed. Through the documentary, we explore the intimate relationships that can be built between men and animals.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Close-Up Films, Geneva www.closeupfilms.ch

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 75 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French

SERGIO DA COSTA * 1984 in Lausanne. Joint Swiss and Portugese citizenship. Sergio Da Costa received his degree from HEAD (Haute école d’art et de design – Genève) in 2010. MAYA KOSA * 1985 in Geneva. Maya Kosa studied directing at the HEAD (Haute école d’art et de design – Genève) from 2005–10. In 2010 she founded Pó Films. RIO CORGO was their first feature film and celebrated its international premiere at the Berlinale 2016 (Forum).


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MARK OLEXA * 1984 in Biel. Joint Swiss and Czech citizenship. He attended Prague Film School and ZeLIG in Bolzano. FRANCESCA SCALISI * 1982 in Bergamo. She received her degree from ZeLIG in Bolzano. In 2012 Scalisi and Olexa founded DOK MOBILE. Together they have directed several award-winning documentaries such as MORIOM (2015), premiere at IDFA, and BLACK LINE (2017), screened at IFF Rotterdam.

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 80 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Bengali

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A film about the four-year journey of a girl named Rupa. It is the story of her dream and her endeavor to escape from a predetermined destiny. The tea gardens lost in the misty hills of northeastern Bangladesh are the background to Rupa’s struggle. She fights against a life of hardships and against the perspective of an arranged marriage. Will she search independence or give in to the pressure of this ancient land?

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: DOK MOBILE, Fribourg www.dokmobile.ch

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written & directed by Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi

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FREE TRIP TO EGYPT

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Seeking to build a bridge of mutual understanding and friendship, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland decides to reach out to the very people who fear him. He travels across the United States to find Americans concerned about an Islamic threat and makes them an intriguing offer: a free trip to Egypt. The initial reactions range from disbelief to hostility, but eventually a diverse group from various backgrounds is selected.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Kindness Films, Schlieren www.kindnessfilms.org MORE INFORMATION: www.freetriptoegypt.com

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 98 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English

INGRID SERBAN Born in Romania. Ingrid Serban is a RomanianAmerican film director and musician. She studied classical piano and voice in Romania and continued her musical pursuits along with acting and filmmaking in the States, working with director Peter Bogdanovich. Her first short film was shot on iPhone 4, for which she won the Best Short Film Award at Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. She is currently a resident of San Francisco FilmhouseX and Board Member of the Tallgrass Film Festival.


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written & directed by François Kohler

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 80 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French PRODUCTION: P.S. Productions Sàrl, Châtel-St-Denis / Instant Film sàrl, Pully / RTS / ARTE

WORLD RIGHTS: P.S. Productions Sàrl, Châtel-St-Denis www.ps-productions.ch

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FRANÇOIS KOHLER Born in Couvet. François Kohler studied Law at the University of Neuchâtel and attended the INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et Techniques de Diffusion) in Brussels. Kohler has directed films for both cinema and television. Among them LE SOUFFLE DU DESERT (2005) and CHER MONSIEUR, CHER PAPA (2008), which celebrated their world premiere in the international competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon.

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More focused on the act committed than on the needs of those involved, penal justice has certain limitations. The film explores the difficult connection between victims trying to rebuild their lives and perpetrators disposed to taking responsibility. Restorative justice encourages the parties to manage their conflicts themselves, helping them to free themselves from their status. An intimate, emotional film in which the barriers between reality and fiction fade away.


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The actual inmates on Gorgona, the only remaining island prison in the Mediterranean Sea, are not the only prisoners. Also the guards are regarded as prisoners. The inmates have to apply to be able to serve the last years of their sentence on the island. The positions of the guards, however, are determined by the Italian Ministry of Justice. How do the guards confront their own isolation? Are the inmates capable of self-responsibility?

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WORLD RIGHTS: maximage, Zurich  www.maximage.ch

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 80 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK / SRF / RSI

AURELIO BUCHWALDER * 1987 in Arlesheim. Aurelio Buchwalder studied film at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. He is especially known for his cinematography for THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI or MASTER AND VASSAL. For THROUGH THE AGES – A GLACIER PERFORMANCE (2014) he received the Cinematography Award at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. His short documentary DRIFTAGE (2016) screened in competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon. ISOLA is his first feature-length documentary film.


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PASSION – ZWISCHEN REVOLTE UND RESIGNATION

written & directed by Christian Labhart

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 80 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION: Kosmos Film GmbH, Wetzikon ZH / SRF

WORLD RIGHTS: Kosmos Film GmbH, Wetzikon MORE INFORMATION: www.passion-film.ch

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CHRISTIAN LABHART * 1953 in Zurich. Christian Labhart works as independent filmmaker since 2000. He is known for his films GIOVANNI SEGANTINI – MAGIC OF LIGHT (2015), which became a box-office-success in Swiss cinemas, APPASSIONATA (2012) for which he received the Audience Award at the Zurich Film Festival as well as at the Escales Documentaires Festival in La Rochelle and for THE BRIDGE OF MITROVICA (2003), which premiered at IDFA.

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A film about how I deal with the painful fact that the world today is not how I imagined it would be 50 years ago. Images of today’s world collide with fragmentary recollections, with poetic texts and with J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. An essay film about the fragility of my existence in unbridled capitalism.


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Martin was rejected and treated with coldness by his mother, and beaten and humiliated by his father: a childhood without love. The story sounds like a case study from the book “The Drama of the Gifted Child” by the world-famous Swiss child psychologist Alice Miller. But Martin is her son. After her death, he sets out to discover the drama behind everything: the Shoa, the annihilation of the Jewish people, from which his mother in Poland had barely escaped.

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WORLD RIGHTS: SwissDok GmbH, Basel www.swissdok.ch

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 100 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, French, Swiss-German, Polish PRODUCTION: SwissDok GmbH, Basel /  SRG SSR / SRF

DANIEL HOWALD * 1966 in Basel. Daniel Howald studied Philosophy, Literature and Ethnology. He works as director, producer and screenwriter and is known for ANNA IN SWITZERLAND (2014) and MY MOTHER’S DEATH OR FIVE ATTEMPTS TO MAKE A FILM (2008) which he both codirected with Chantal Millès. With his production company SwissDok he recently produced the awardwinning first feature by Eva Vitija MY LIFE AS A FILM – HOW MY FATHER TRIED TO CAPTURE HAPPINESS (2015).


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written & directed by Edgar Hagen

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 104 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German PRODUCTION: Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / SRF

WORLD SALES: Autlook Filmsales, Vienna www.autlookfilms.com

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EDGAR HAGEN * 1958 in Basel. Edgar Hagen studied Philosophy and German at the University of Basel and at the Free University Berlin. He works as independent documentary filmmaker and author as well as lecturer of cinematic and documentary storytelling. His latest film JOURNEY TO THE SAFEST PLACE ON EARTH (2013) on the global search for nuclear waste repositories was screened at DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX and many more international film festivals.

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Helena (19) and Jonas (11) live in their own universes, almost as if they came from another planet. They are mentally handicapped. Their parents, caregivers and teachers try to break through the wall that separates them from our world. The film accompanies the persistent attempts to make contact and shows how communication, development and self-determination are possible under the most extreme conditions.


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VOLUNTEER

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Touched by the massive refugee wave, volunteers travel to Greece to help the people arriving in the boats. What they experience at the beaches and in the camps, changes their lives for ever. Back in Switzerland they are torn between their former steady life and the rising urge to stand up for political change. The film shows the birth of a citizens’ movement in the middle of Europe that defends our humanitarian tradition.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Sulaco Film GmbH, Basel www.sulacofilm.ch

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Italian, Arabic PRODUCTION: Sulaco Film GmbH, Basel / SRF

ANNA THOMMEN * 1980. Anna Thommen is known for her first feature-length documentary UNKNOWN TERRITORY (2013), which was selected for and awarded at numerous international festivals and for her award-winning short doc SECOND ME (2008). LORENZ NUFER * 1976. Lorenz Nufer trained as actor at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin as well as at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. He now works as director and author for film and theatre.


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WE CALL HER MIRIAM

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written & directed by Christof Schäfer, Janos Tedeschi

JANOS TEDESCHI * 1983 in Basel. He studied at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel, Musical Composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Gemological Sciences at AIGS in Bangkok. Works as filmmaker, cinematographer and designer.

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE  Documentary, 83 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, French PRODUCTION: Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / Les Produits Frais, Paris / SRF

WORLD SALES: Flourishing Films, Los Angeles www.flourishingfilms.com

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CHRISTOF SCHÄFER * 1981 in Basel. He studied Digital Film Making at SAE, Zurich, Postindustrial Design as well as Integrative Design at the Academy of Art and Design Basel. Since 2014 works as independent author and documentary filmmaker.

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Nearing the end of a long and successful acting career, Miriam Goldschmidt finds her powers as an actress increasingly on the wane. She struggles to memorize her lines and as her last projects threaten to fall apart, Miriam looks back on her turbulent life replete with great public success and intense personal turmoil. A fascinating and moving portrait of a grand actress between genius and madness.


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A HOUSE IS BUILT

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by Thomas Imbach director of DAY IS DONE and WELL DONE

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SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION: Okofilm Productions, Zurich / Bachim Film, Zurich WORLD RIGHTS: Okofilm Productions, Zurich

RÉVEIL SUR MARS by Dea Gjinovci director of SANS LE KOSOVO

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE / SWEDEN Documentary PRODUCTION: Alva Film, Geneva / Mélisande Films, Paris / Amok Films, Paris / WG Film, Malmö / RTS/ France 2 WORLD RIGHTS: Alva Film, Geneva

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SUMMER 2019

NOTHING BUT THE SUN

RADIO SILENCE

by Arami Ullón director of CLOUDY TIMES

SILENCE RADIO by Juliana Fanjul director of MUCHACHAS

SWITZERLAND / PARAGUAY Documentary PRODUCTION: Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / Arami Ullón, Asunción WORLD SALES Film Republic, London

SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION: Akka Films, Geneva / RTS / SSR SRG WORLD RIGHTS: Akka Films, Geneva

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SPRING 2020

SEARCH FOR TRACKS

WAX AND GOLD

AUF SPURENSUCHE by Alice Schmid director of THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Ciné A.S. GmbH, Zurich

WACHS UND GOLD (working title) by Heidi Specogna director of CAHIER AFRICAIN SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary PRODUCTION: FAMA FILM AG, Zurich / Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH, Berlin / SRF WORLD SALES: Deckert Distribution GmbH, Leipzig


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SWISS FILMS Docs Fall Booklet 2018  

New Swiss documentaries screening at international documentary film festivals this fall and winter, festival favourites and new Swiss docs c...

SWISS FILMS Docs Fall Booklet 2018  

New Swiss documentaries screening at international documentary film festivals this fall and winter, festival favourites and new Swiss docs c...