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SWISS 

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2019 IN LOCARNO


VISIT US AT : Palazzo Sopracenerina at the Piazza Grande SWISS FILMS Info Point August 7–11

SWISS FILMS Neugasse 6, 8005 Zurich www.swissfilms.ch Published in July 2019 Image campaign by Stéphanie Gygax


SWISS FILMS AT THE LOCARNO FESTIVAL 2019

� PIAZZA GRANDE 2 VAGENDA STORIES

11 PARDO ALLA CARRIERA FREDI M. MURER

3 CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE 3 O FIM DO MUNDO

12 PARDI DI DOMANI: CONCORSO NAZIONALE

4 CONCORSO CINEASTI DEL PRESENTE 4 BIRD ISLAND 5 LOVE ME TENDER

17 PANORAMA SUISSE 23 COMING SOON IN FALL 2019 39 IN PRODUCTION

6 FUORI CONCORSO 6 BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW 7 PARENTS

40 SUPPORT MEASURES

8 SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE 8 ANOTHER REALITY 9 SHALOM ALLAH

SWISS FILMS TEAM IN LOCARNO

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

AIDA SULJICIC Head of Festivals & Markets asuljicic@swissfilms.ch T +41 77 431 87 79

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


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written & directed by Natascha Beller 2

When Leila discovers at her sister Amanda’s wedding that the latter is pregnant, she promptly reveals the carefully guarded secret. While the guests are happy, Amanda worries about her career and Leila about her fertility. Panic-stricken, Leila sets herself a goal: get pregnant! So together with her friend Sophie she throws herself into the nightlife. Sophie is more concerned with the search for babysitters and probably won’t snatch a man from her.

Fiction

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Apéro Film GmbH, Zurich www.aperofilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Apéro Film GmbH, Zurich www.aperofilm.ch

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 90 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German CAST: Michèle Rohrbach, Sarah Hostettler, Anne Haug, Alireza Bayram, Beat Schlatter, Matthias Britschgi, Reto Stalder, Matthias Schoch, Hans-Jakob Mühlethaler PRODUCERS: Natascha Beller, Patrick Karpiczenko

NATASCHA BELLER * 1982. Natascha Beller studied Film at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK and works as director and screenwriter for film and television. She’s known as co-writer for the Swiss Late Night Show “Deville” and also worked as author for the successful Swiss series DER BESTATTER. She wrote the screenplay for the TV drama ZWIESPALT (TORN) (2017), which received the main award at the TV film festival in Baden Baden. VAGENDA STORIES is her first feature-length film.


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directed by Basil Da Cunha

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 107 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese SCREENPLAY: Basil Da Cunha, Saadi, in collaboration with Martin Drouot CAST: Michael Spencer, Marco Joel Fernandes, Alexandre Da Costa Fonseca, Iara Cardoso PRODUCTION: Thera Production, Lausanne / RTS PRODUCERS: Julien Rouyet, Kaspar Schiltknecht

WORLD SALES: Wide, Paris www.widemanagement.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Alibi Communications Brigitta Portier brigittaportier@ alibicommunications.be T +32 477 98 25 84

Fiction

BASIL DA CUNHA * 1985. Basil da Cunha received his BA in Cinema at Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) in 2012 and has been working as lecturer for the renowned film school since his gradu­ation. He is known for his award-winning shorts NEXT DOOR (2009), screened in Compe­tition in Locarno as well as for SUNFISH (2011) and THE LIVING ALSO CRY (2012) both presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. His first feature AFTER THE NIGHT (2013) also premiered at the Quinzaine.

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After eight years in a correctional school, Spira returns to Reboleira, a slum which is being demolished in the Lisbon suburbs. While he goes back to his friends and family, Kikas, one of the neighbourhood’s old drug dealers, makes it clear that he is not welcome.


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written & directed by Maya Kosa, Sergio Da Costa 4

After a long period of isolation, Antonin, a young man suffering from persisting exhaustion, rediscovers the world at a rehabilitation centre for birds. In this strange place wounded birds and lost souls cohabit, lulled by the ubiquitous sounds of airplanes.

Documentary

WORLD RIGHTS: Close Up Films, Geneva www.closeupfilms.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Close Up Films Flavia Zanon flavia@closeupfilms.ch T + 41 79 275 81 50

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 60 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Close Up Films, Geneva / RTS PRODUCERS: Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon

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


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written & directed by Klaudia Reynicke

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 83 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian CAST: Barbara Giordano, Antonio Bannò, Gilles Privat PRODUCTION: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa / RSI PRODUCERS: Tiziana Soudani, Gabriella de Gara, Michela Pini

WORLD SALES: Summerside International, Rome summerside-international.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Tina Boillat Communication Tina Boillat tina@videonet.ch T +41 79 423 78 44

Fiction

KLAUDIA REYNICKE * 1976 in Peru. Klaudia Reynicke received her MA in Cinema from the ECAL/HEAD (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne and Geneva School of Art and Design) in 2010. Her first documentary feature ¿ASI SON LOS HOMBRES? (2012) premiered at Visions du Réel in Nyon and won the Audience Award of the Festival Filmar en America Latina. Her first feature-length fiction film THE NEST (2016) was selected for the Concorso Cineasti del presente at the Locarno Film Festival and screened at the Mostra in São Paulo.

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Seconda, 32 years old, is ready for anything to gain her freedom. Suffering from agoraphobia, she is incapable of leaving her home, but when she finally succeeds, she must face new challenges that push her limits even further. This assertive and tough anti-super heroine will do it in her own way.


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BAGHDAD IN MY SHADOW directed by Samir 6

Amal, a wife in hiding, Taufiq, a writer, and Muhanad, a gay IT-specialist, all meet at Café Abu Nawas, a popular hangout for Iraqi exiles in London. Instigated by a Salafist preacher, Taufiq’s nephew Nasseer, a fanatic religious youth, attacks his uncle and turns everyone’s life upside down.

Fiction

WORLD SALES: Global Screen GmbH, Munich www.globalscreen.de WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Panorama Entertainment Amélie Linder amelie.linder@panoramaentertainment.com T +49 172 640 7242

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY / UNITED KINGDOM Fiction, 100 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, Arabic SCREENPLAY: Samir, Furat al Jamil CAST: Haytham Abdulrazaq, Zahraa Ghandour, Shervin Alenabi, Andrew Buchan, Kerry Fox, Kae Bahar, Waseem Abbas PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich /  Coin Film, Cologne / Ipso Facto Productions, London / SRF SWISS PRODUCER: Joël Jent

SAMIR * 1955 in Baghdad, raised in Switzerland. Samir belongs to Switzerland’s most acclaimed filmmakers. He cofounded the production company Dschoint Ventschr in 1994 and has been directing and producing both fiction and documentary films. After his renowned documentaries BABYLON 2 (1993), FORGET BAGHDAD (2002) and the award winning IRAQI ODYSSEY (2014), which premiered at TIFF and was selected for Berlinale Panorama 2015, Samir returns with a fiction film set among Iraqi exiles in London.


FUORI CONCORSO WIR ELTERN

PARENTS an autofiction written & directed by Eric Bergkraut & Ruth Schweikert

RUTH SCHWEIKERT * 1964. Ruth Schweikert is the author of several awardwinning novels and plays. She is known for her short stories collection “Erdnüsse. Totschlagen.” (1994) and her latest work “Tage wie Hunde” (2019 ). PARENTS is her first film.

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 96 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German CAST: Eric Bergkraut, Elisabeth Niederer, Orell Bergkraut, Elia Bergkraut, Ruben Bergkraut, Beat Schlatter, Peter Schweiger, Hagar Admoni, Tatjana Werik, Ursina Greuel, Selina Weber PRODUCER: Eric Bergkraut

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: p.s. 72 productions GmbH, Zurich www.ps-72.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Io Baur iobaur@ps-72.com T + 41 79 875 04 89

Fiction

ERIC BERGKRAUT * 1957 in Paris. Eric Bergkraut was an actor for the stage and cinema, prior to directing numerous documentaries. He is especially known for his award-winning docs among then LETTER TO ANNA (2008).

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A couple from Zurich believes they did everything right. Then their adolescent children start disrupting the family system. Until the parents move out. An autofictional grotesque.


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A character-driven documentary that provides a real insight into the life of criminal gangs in Germany, in which the young protagonists show us their dreams, their present and their future.

Documentary

WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de WORLD PREMIERE: DOK.fest Munich 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Noise Film PR Mirjam Wiekenkamp mirjam@noisefilmpr.com T +49 176 28 77 18 39

GERMANY / SWITZERLAND Documentary, 97 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION: elemag pictures, Leipzig /  CognitoFilms, Zurich / It’s Us Media GmbH, Berlin / 27 Kilometer Entertainment, Hamburg / RBB / WDR / ARTE / SRF SWISS PRODUCERS: Dario Schoch, Rajko Jazbec

NOËL DERNESCH * 1977. Noël Dernesch attended F+F School of Art and Design Zurich and is known for his first feature-length documentary JOURNEY TO JAH (2013), which won the Audience Award at ZFF and the DEFA-Prize at the Film­festival Max Ophüls Preis. OLLI WALDHAUER * 1974. Olli Waldhauer works as director and producer of commercials, music videos and documentaries as well as a photographer. He codirected the successful documentary feature ISTANBUL UNITED (2014).


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SHALOM ALLAH written & directed by David Vogel

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 99 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Swiss-German, French, English PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich / SRF PRODUCER: Joël Jent

WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich www.dvfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG Joël Jent joel@dvfilm.ch T + 41 78 748 66 77

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DAVID VOGEL * 1978. David Vogel studied Film at HFF (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Munich) and graduated in 2010. He works as independent radio journalist and documentary filmmaker. His previous film SHALOM CHAVERIM, SHALOM SHALOM (2011) premiered at Visions du Réel in Nyon.

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When Muslims are shown in the media, they are portrayed as the bad guys. How then is it to be explained that every year, over a hundred Swiss people convert to Islam? David Vogel sets out to investigate this question in his film. The fact that he himself is Jewish doesn’t matter – or does it?


Cinémathèque suisse in Locarno

presents 3 restored films Charles mort ou vif (Alain Tanner, 1969), 12.08 - 10h - GranRex Grauzone (Fredi M. Murer, 1979), 15.08 - 15h30 - Palacinema 1 Le Grand Soir (Francis Reusser, 1976), 16.08 - 14h - Kursaal

Picture: Charles Mort ou vif from Alain Tanner, 1970. Cinémathèque suisse Collection. All rights reserved.


Fredi Melchior Murer, born 1940 in Switzerland, studied photography in Zurich. In 1967, strongly influenced by his youth in the rural canton of Uri, he starts working as an independent filmmaker and producer.

PARDO ALLA CARRIERA

FREDI M. MURER

The Locarno Film Festival pays tribute to the master of Swiss cinema, Fredi M. Murer, with the 2019 Pardo alla carriera and four not to be missed restored films.

Murer shoots his first feature film ZONES (GRAUZONE, 1979) which is ahead of its time. The highly acclaimed ALPINE FIRE (HÖHENFEUER, 1985) is his most radical film in terms of art and content. It won the Golden Leopard in Locarno in 1985. With VITUS (2006) he received the Swiss Film Award for Best Fiction Film. The film was a box office success in Swiss cinemas.

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Fredi M. Murer’s works have significantly shaped the local film landscape and made him known far beyond the country’s borders.

SCREENINGS

FILMOGRAPHY (selection)

DER GRÜNE BERG (1990) Tuesday, August 13 14:30 PalaCinema Sala 1 HÖHENFEUER (1985) Wednesday, August 14 14:00 Pala Video GRAUZONE (1979) Thursday, August 15 15:30 PalaCinema Sala 1 WIR BERGLER IN DEN BERGEN SIND EIGENTLICH NICHT SCHULD, DASS WIR DA SIND (1974) Friday, August 16 16:00 GranRex

2014 LIEBE UND ZUFALL 2006 VITUS 1998 VOLLMOND 1990 DER GRÜNE BERG 1985 HÖHENFEUER 1979 GRAUZONE 1974 WIR BERGLER IN DEN BERGEN SIND EIGENTLICH NICHT SCHULD, DASS WIR DA SIND 1973 CHRISTOPHER UND ALEXANDER 1969 SAD-IS-FICTION

Photo: Christian Altorfer

The director will receive the Pardo alla carriera on the Piazza Grande on the evening of August 15. On Friday, August 16 at 13:30 the public is welcome to attend a panel discussion with the filmmaker in the Spazio Cinema.


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A SUMMER MORNING UN MATIN D’ÉTÉ written & directed by Patrick Muroni

Summer. A group of young people danced all night in a rave party. In the morning, they have to go home.

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Fiction

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 7 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue CAST: Maxime Gorbatchevsky, Max Wuchner PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Rasoir Bouée, Lausanne www.rasoir-bouee.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

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Fiction

written & directed by Simon Guélat

FRANCE / SWITZERLAND Fiction, 31 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Paulin Jaccoud, Schemci Lauth PRODUCTION: Les films du bélier, Paris / Box Productions sàrl, Lausanne / RTS / ARTE WORLD RIGHTS: Les films du bélier, Paris www.lesfilmsdubelier.fr WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

Alban lives in a ski resort with his mother. Every night, the young teenager sneaks out to join Julien – the older boy who strangely bears the same first name as the hero of the novel he devours.


NACHTS SIND ALLE KATZEN GRAU written & directed by Lasse Linder SWITZERLAND Documentary, 18 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) Video department www.hslu.ch/video FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Some Shorts, Nijmegen www.someshorts.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

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He calls himself Catman. Christian lives with his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha. They are inseparable. As he yearns to become a father, he has his beloved Marmelade fertilized by an exclusive tomcat abroad.

Documentary

PARDI DI DOMANI

ALL CATS ARE GREY IN THE DARK

AT THE POOL À LA PISCINE written & directed by Stefan Lauper, Consuelo Frauenfelder

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 9 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Lola Giouse, Claire Vallet, Luna Picoli-Truffaut PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Garidi Films, Geneva contact@garidifilms.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

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It’s summer at the pool. Claire is bored as her friends send her pictures of holidays abroad. Suddenly, her iPhone captures images of a young woman crying at the pool bar. Intrigued, Claire sets out to find her…


written & directed by Enea Zucchetti

SWITZERLAND Beyond Cinema /  Documentary, 10 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Mandingo CAST: Yaya Camara PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Enea Zucchetti, Lugano www.eneazucchetti.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

A silent city, mysteriously devoid of inhabitants, is crossed by a man who has come from far. The anonymised architecture that composes the urban landscape guides the person into an inaccessible space, the city cemetery, making him reflect on his own identity. The film was born from the metaphysical suggestion of some architectural works by Aldo Rossi, in particular the modern extension of the San Cataldo Cemetery in Modena.

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Beyond Cinema / Documentary

PARDI DI DOMANI

L’AZZURRO DEL CIELO

LIFE IS ONE OF THE SIMPLEST

Anidoc

DAS LEBEN IST EINES DER LEICHTESTEN written & directed by Marion Nyffenegger SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 8 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Swiss-German PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

Five people living in Switzerland talk about their childhood. Security and uprooting become the topics. A collage of voices of people from different cultures and age groups tells about their feeling of home, their roots and origins. A brief look at the liveliness and diversity of life can be sensed.


SAS written & directed by Léa Célestine Bernasconi

SWITZERLAND  Expanded Cinema /  Documentary, 21 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) cinema.head@hesge.ch www.head.hesge.ch/cinema WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

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We walk the stony path of a young woman and follow her obsessive thoughts. An encounter with people who struggle with eating disorders or live in direct contact with those affected.

 Expanded Cinema / Documentary

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LOCK CHAMBER

MAMA ROSA

The filmmaker provides us with an insight into his mother’s life. Rosa is originally from Croatia and has lived in Switzerland for many years, with her husband who depends on her care. She takes care of everything. Her children have grown up and want to leave home to escape the asphyxiating atmosphere. Rosa stays behind alone.

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 20 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Croatian PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) Video department www.hslu.ch/video WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

Documentary

written & directed by Dejan Barac


TEMPÊTE SILENCIEUSE written & directed by Anaïs Moog

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 13 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Arabic PRODUCTION: GoldenEggProduction, Geneva / Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) WORLD RIGHTS: GoldenEggProduction, Geneva www.goldeneggproduction.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

From the shores of the Atlantic to those of the Mediterranean, the director meets the women whose faces and voices bear witness to the loss of loved ones and ruined hopes. The mourning and hopeless waiting of the bodies find in the incessant movement of the waves a dimension of painful meditation.

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Documentary

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SILENT STORM

STILL WORKING

Fiction

written & directed by Julietta Korbel

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 17 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Beat Wittwer, Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Thera Production, Lausanne www.thera-production.ch ECAL École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne jean_guillaume.sonnier@ecal.ch www.ecal.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

In an abandoned factory destined to be demolished, Pavel’s routine, the guardian, is disturbed by the arrival of a young engineer who discovers an unusual electric activity, a running turbine. Pavel will be faced with the imminent disappearance of the factory and with the end of his universe.


written & directed by Kim Allamand

SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 13 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German CAST: Margherita Schoch, Lotti Happle, Suramira Vos, Maria Rebecca Sautter, Valentina Blagojevic PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK moritz.schneider@zhdk.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019

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An 80-year-old woman spends her time at a bus station. She’s waiting for the right moment to leave this place forever.

Fiction

PARDI DI DOMANI

TERMINAL

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 aroundthe-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 a hoard of digital memories and a cloud of exhaust fumes on the horizon.

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

Documentary

PANORAMA SUISSE

ALL INCLUSIVE


ARCHITEKTUR DER UNENDLICHKEIT directed by Christoph Schaub

Temporality and age are inherent in every object and creature and, depending on one’s outlook, may transcend to infinity. Schaub explores, together with the architects Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli and Alvaro Siza Vieira, the artists James Turrell and Cristina Iglesias and drummer virtuoso Jojo Mayer, the magic of sacred spaces, defined here as far more than church buildings. Who owns spirituality?

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 85 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Portuguese SCREENPLAY: Christoph Schaub, Samuel Ammann PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / SRF / 3sat WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de WORLD PREMIERE: DOK Leipzig 2018

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Documentary

PANORAMA SUISSE

ARCHITECTURE OF INFINITY

BARACOA directed by Pablo Briones, The Moving Picture Boys

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SWITZERLAND / SPAIN / UNITED STATES Docufiction, 90 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish SCREENPLAY: Pablo Briones PRODUCTION: C-Side Productions, Geneva /  Playlab Films, Barcelona / The Moving Picture Boys, Nashville WORLD RIGHTS: C-Side Productions, Geneva www.c-sideprod.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Berlinale 2019

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During summer break, Leonel and Antuán intimately explore their universe far from adults in the Cuban countryside. With a con­ siderable age difference, their unique friendship is torn between games and fights, conversations about everyday life, existentialist questions, simple pleasures and boredom. While Cuban society undergoes a transitional period, the two friends also come to a crossroad.


directed by Francesco Rizzi

SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 93 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian SCREENPLAY: Daniela Gambaro, Francesco Rizzi CAST: Vinicio Marchioni, Sabine Timoteo, Leonardo Nigro PRODUCTION: Imagofilm Lugano / RSI / SRG SSR / 8horses GmbH, Zurich / Teleclub WORLD SALES: The Moonshot Company, Paris themoonshotcompany.com WORLD PREMIERE: Zurich Film Festival 2018

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Suter is a lonely guy, constantly in motion, escaping his true self. During the day, he travels through Switzerland, creating new identities and incognito evaluating the quality of customer service in shops and hotel rooms, while at night, he secretly observes another lonely person: Anna, a rebel struggling with complicated grief. But this fragile balance is soon destroyed, when Anna finds out about Suter’s dark secret.

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CRONOFOBIA

GATEWAYS TO NEW YORK – OTHMAR H. AMMANN AND HIS BRIDGES

The story of the great Swiss structural engineer, Othmar H. Ammann, who emigrated in 1904 and redefined the art of bridge building in America. His own life, career, and breathtaking constructions were framed by the steady, dynamic acceleration of 20th century America – the roaring 20’s, mass motorization, the Great Depression, war, suburbanization, and the economic boom that led to modern consumer society.

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 88 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English PRODUCTION: ventura film sa, Meride /  RSI / SRG SSR WORLD SALES: New Docs, Cologne www.newdocs.de WORLD PREMIERE: Solothurn Film Festival 2019

Documentary

written & directed by Martin Witz


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A family saga based on private archive footage. The film takes us on an intimate journey where a grandmother and her grandson explore the development and transmission of gender identity in a patriarchal environment.

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SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 93 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Lambda Prod, Geneva /  RTS / SRG SSR WORLD SALES: Sweet Spot Docs, Blonay www.sweetspotdocs.com WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2019

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written & directed by Stéphane Riethauser

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SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Fiction, 114 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German CAST: Judith Hofmann, Naomi Scheiber, Christian Kaiser, Thomas Schüpbach, Anna Tenta, Urs-Peter Wolters PRODUCTION: 8horses GmbH, Zurich /  Augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH, Cologne / ZDF /  SRF / ARTE / Teleclub WORLD SALES: Kinology, Paris www.kinology.eu WORLD PREMIERE: TIFF 2018

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DER UNSCHULDIGE written & directed by Simon Jaquemet

Ruth loves Jesus and works in cutting-edge neuroscience. When her past lover reappears after twenty years in prison her fragile reality comes undone.


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SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 85 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German PRODUCTION: Hugofilm Productions GmbH, Zurich / SRF WORLD SALES: Rise And Shine World Sales UG, Berlin www.riseandshine-berlin.de WORLD PREMIERE: DOK Leipzig 2018

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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 director, and daughter, goes in search of answers full of curiosity and wonder.

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IMMER UND EWIG written & directed by Fanny Bräuning

Documentary

PANORAMA SUISSE

THE JOURNEY

THE REFORMER. ZWINGLI – A LIFE’S PORTRAIT

His life’s work made him world famous: within a few years, Huldrych Zwingli, the main proponent of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, turned the entire city of Zurich and a firmly established canon of values upside down. With razor-sharp intellect, he dissected the religious and social system, denounced abuses and was not afraid of taking issue with the most powerful people of his time.

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Fiction, 123 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German SCREENPLAY: Simone Schmid CAST: Max Simonischek, Anatole Taubman, Sarah Sophia Meyer PRODUCTION: C-Films AG, Zurich / Eikon Film Südwest, Stuttgart / SRF / SRG SSR / 3sat / Teleclub WORLD SALES: Global Screen GmbH, Munich www.globalscreen.de INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Filmfest München 2019

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ZWINGLI written & directed by Stefan Haupt


written & directed by Jacqueline Zünd

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 78 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French PRODUCTION: real Film GmbH, Zurich /  SRG SSR WORLD SALES: Autlook Filmsales GmbH, Vienna www.autlookfilms.com WORLD PREMIERE: Berlinale 2019

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. The film approaches their reality and focuses on how fragile, but also how brave, smart and funny children perceive their situation.

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PANORAMA SUISSE

WHERE WE BELONG

WOLKENBRUCH’S WONDROUS JOURNEY INTO THE ARMS OF A SHIKSA

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WOLKENBRUCH directed by Michael Steiner SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Fiction, 90 min., 2018 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Yiddish SCREENPLAY: Thomas Meyer CAST: Joel Basman, Sunnyi Melles, Aaron Arens, Inge Maux PRODUCTION: Turnus Film AG, Zurich /  DCM Pictures, Berlin / SRF WORLD RIGHTS: Turnus Film AG, Zurich www.turnusfilm.com WORLD PREMIERE: Zurich Film Festival 2018 MORE INFORMATION: wolkenbruch-film.ch

The young orthodox Jew Mordechai Wolkenbruch, short Motti, has a problem: The women, his resolute mother suggests him as marriage candidates, all resemble her. They all stand in sharp contrast to Laura, Motti’s dapper fellow student – but which unfortunately is a shiksa – a non-Jewish woman. Assailed with doubts, Motti starts to think: Is his predefined path of a Jewish orthodox marriage really right for him?


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AL-SHAFAQ – WHEN HEAVEN DIVIDES written & directed by Esen Isik

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Abdullah has lost his son to the “Holy War”. He travels from Switzerland to the Turkish-Syrian border to bury him. There he meets Malik, a Syrian boy without family. This encounter becomes a fateful chance for both of them.

WORLD RIGHTS: maximage, Zurich www.maximage.ch

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SWITZERLAND Fiction, 98 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish CAST: Kida Ramadan, Beren Tuna, Ismail Metin, Ahmed Kour Abdo, Ali Kandas PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / SRF PRODUCERS: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler

ESEN ISIK * 1969 in Istanbul. Esen Isik has joint Swiss and Turkish citizenship and studied Film at the Zurich University of the Arts. She was honoured several times at the Swiss Film Awards. For her shorts BABAMI HIRSIZLAR CALDI (1999) and YOU&ME (2012), she received the Swiss Film Award for Best Short Film, her first feature KÖPEK (2015), was awarded for Best Fiction Film and Best Actress. It was selected for several international festivals.


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Jaider, a Macuxi Indian, leaves the Amazon to carry the voice of his people. Sharing the prophecy of the impending “Fall of the Sky”, he is convinced that the world’s spiritual leaders must unite to protect this endangered Earth. His quest takes him from the rainforest to San Francisco and Geneva, before travelling to Rome with an elderly shaman woman to meet Pope Francis. Jaider’s odyssey becomes a shamanic criticism of our consumer society.

SWITZERLAND  WORLD RIGHTS: Documentary, 87 min. Amka Films Productions SA, ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Savosa English, Portuguese www.amka.ch PRODUCTION: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa / Horizon2Films, Sion / RSI / RTS PRODUCER: Tiziana Soudani

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DANIEL SCHWEIZER * 1959. Daniel Schweizer attended the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) and the École Supérieure d’Études Cinématographiques (ESEC) in Paris. He is best known for his award-winning trilogy on rightwing extremism SKINHEAD ATTITUDE (2003), SKIN OR DIE (2003) and WHITE TERROR (2005) as well for his commited ongoing series on Amazonian people DIRTY PARADISE (2009), DIRTY GOLD WAR (2015), TRADING PARADISE (2016) for which he won international acclaim.

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Allegra, a passionate climber, survived a terrorist attack that killed three of her friends. Crushed and consumed by guilt and hatred, she is no longer herself. Her loved ones are helpless when confronted with her suffering. To regain confidence and love, she must embark on a challenging journey and question herself. She meets Arad, a young refugee from the Middle East, which leads her to an encounter-confrontation with the Other.

WORLD RIGHTS: Imagofilm Lugano www.imagofilm.ch

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SWITZERLAND / BELGIUM / ITALY Fiction, 100 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Italian SCREENPLAY: Niccolò Castelli, Stefano Pasetto CAST: Matilda De Angelis, Helmi Dridi, Nicola Perot, Irene Casagrande, Angelo Bison, Anna Manuelli, Neri Marcoré PRODUCTION: Imagofilm Lugano / Climax Films, Brussels / Tempesta, Bologna / RSI / SRG SSR SWISS PRODUCERS: Villi Hermann, Michela Pini

NICCOLÒ CASTELLI * 1982. Niccolò Castelli studied Philosophy and Cinema at the University of Bologna and Film at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. His awardwinning debutfilm TUTTI GIÙ – EVERYBODY SOMETIMES FALLS (2012) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival within Cineasti del presente. His second feature-length fiction film ATLAS was selected for the Work-In-Progress section at the Industry Village of the Les Arcs festival.


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DELPHINE LEHERICEY * 1975. Delphine Lehericey studied Performing Arts at the University of Paris X and performed in numerous theatre productions before she directed her own films. Her first feature PUPPYLOVE (2013) premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (New Directors). It was selected for numerous international festivals and was awarded Best Belgian Feature at the FIFF Namur.

SWITZERLAND / BELGIUM Fiction, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French SCREENPLAY: Joanne Giger CAST: Luc Bruchez, Laetitia Casta, Thibaut Evrard, Clémence Poesy, Lisa Harder, Sasha Gravat Harsch, Patrick Descamps, Fred Hotier PRODUCTION: Box Productions sàrl, Lausanne / Entre Chien et Loup, Brussels / RTS /  RTBF / Teleclub / BeTv SWISS PRODUCER: Elena Tatti

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1976. A scorching summer. On the family farm, 13-year-old Gus senses that the heat is not only affecting the animals and the fields, but is also disrupting the behaviour of the adults around him. During his vacation, Gus will witness the end of his father’s traditional world of farming as well as the explosion of his family nucleus. In a few months, he will have left his childhood innocence behind for good.

WORLD SALES: Be for Film, Brussels www.beforfilms.com WORLD PREMIERE: San Sebastian 2019

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A girl wants to be a Llama so she can spit at people. Two boys pray to a saint to lose their virginity and their mother quits her job to fulfill a little man’s fantasy of running a burito delivery service. As the heat of the summer bakes the streets of New York, people fall in and out of love, devour each other’s dreams, and seek their revenge.

WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich www.dvfilm.ch

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HUNGRY SAINTS

SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, Spanish SCREENPLAY: Lani-Rain Feltham, Marc Wilkins CAST: Magaly Solier, Marcelo Durand, Adriano Durand, Tara Thaller, Simon Käser PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich /  SRF PRODUCER: Joël Jent

MARC WILKINS * 1976. Marc Wilkins has joint Swiss and British citizenship. He works as screenwriter and director in New York and is known for his award-winning short film BON VOYAGE (2016), which screened at numerous international film festivals and won the Swiss Film Award for Best Short Film as well as the award for Best Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes at Palm Springs International ShortFest. HUNGRY SAINTS is his first feature-length film.


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JILL

SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 100 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English CAST: Tom Pelphrey, Juliet Rylance PRODUCTION: hugofilm features, Zurich /  K5 Film, Munich / SRF SWISS PRODUCER: Christof Neracher

WORLD RIGHTS: hugofilm features, Zurich www.hugofilm.ch

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STEVEN MICHAEL HAYES * 1973. Steven Michael Hayes studied Film at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and received his BA in 2003. For his diploma film MEYERS (2003) he received the Premio Action Light Award for Best Swiss Newcomer. Hayes directed numerous commercials and teaches film at the ZHdK. JILL is his first feature-length film.

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Jill only learns on a trip into the past who her father really was, and why he defended his dream to his last breath. The truth of a failed utopian dream lies between long forgotten pictures and far away voices.


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MON COUSIN ANGLAIS

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2001, Fahed reaches the UK his head filled with dreams. 2018, in the thrall of a mid-life crisis, he must now make a decision. Will he keep his head low and continue working 50-hours weeks between the kebab shop and the factory, or will he return to Algeria, a country he fled in the hope of making a better life for himself?

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

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MY ENGLISH COUSIN

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Documentary, 85 min ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, Arabic PRODUCTION: Close Up Films, Geneva /  Norte Productions, Paris / RTS SWISS PRODUCERS: Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon

KARIM SAYAD * 1984. Karim Sayad has both Swiss and Algerian citizenship. After earning a Master’s degree in International Relations from Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), he directed his first short documentary film, BABOR CASANOVA (2015). It was awarded at doclisboa, Festival dei Popoli and at ClermontFerrand ISFF among others. His first feature-length film OF SHEEP AND MEN (2017) premiered within TIFF DOCS and won the Prix de Soleure 2018.


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SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 110 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German SCREENPLAY: Cooky Ziesche, Bettina Oberli CAST: Marthe Keller, André Jung, Birgit Minichmayr, Jacob Matschenz, Anatole Taubman, Agnieszka Grochowska PRODUCTION: Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Zurich /  SRF / SRG SSR / Teleclub PRODUCERS: Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli

WORLD RIGHTS: Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Zurich www.zodiacpictures.com

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BETTINA OBERLI * 1972. Bettina Oberli studied Film at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and is known for her award-winning first feature NORTH WIND (2004), which premiered in San Sebastian and her second feature LATE BLOOMERS (2006), which became a huge box office hit in Switzerland and was selected for several international film festivals. Her previsous film WITH THE WIND (2018) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and was honoured with the Variety Piazza Grande Award.

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The Polish woman Wanda, 35, looks after Joseph, 70, in his family villa by the lake. She is there for him around the clock and also helps his wife Elsa, 75. The youngest son Gregi, 28, likes her very much. The work is poorly paid, but Wanda needs the money for her own family in Poland. Since everyone lives under one roof, Wanda gets an intimate view of their family life. So intimate that Wanda unexpectedly becomes pregnant.


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Inspired by the bestselling novel PLATZSPITZBABY by Michelle Halbheer & Franziska K. Müller

directed by Pierre Monnard

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After the closure of the infamous needle park and the public drug scene of Zurich, 11-year-old Mia and her drug addicted mother Sandrine are relocated to the countryside. Mia takes refuge in her own world with the help of her musical imaginary friend Buddy Franco while making new friends in the real world as a member of a teenage gang. These friendships finally give her the strength to rebel and break free from her abusive mother.

WORLD RIGHTS: C-FILMS AG, Zurich www.c-films.com

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NEEDLE PARK BABY

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 100 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German SCREENPLAY: André Küttel CAST: Sarah Spale, Luna Mwezi, Delio Malär, Jerry Hoffmann, Anouk Petri PRODUCTION: C-FILMS AG, Zurich /  SRF / Teleclub PRODUCER: Peter Reichenbach

PIERRE MONNARD * 1976. Pierre Monnard studied at Bournemouth Film School in England. For his short film SWAPPED (2003) he received the Swiss Film Award for Best Short Film as well as the Pardino d’argento in the National Competition of the Locarno Film Festival. Recently Monnard shot the ARTE documentary BLOOD BUSINESS (2017) and the crime series BURIED TRUTH (WILDER). Monnard also works as director of commercials and videoclips.


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SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German SCREENPLAY: Simone Schmid CAST: Stefan Kurt, Ulrich Tukur, Sarah Viktoria Frick, Pierre Siegenthaler, Therese Affolter, Anna Tenta, Roland Bonjour PRODUCTION: Turnus Film AG, Zurich /  SRF / Teleclub PRODUCERS: Michael Steiger, Anita Wasser

WORLD RIGHTS: Turnus Film AG, Zurich www.turnusfilm.com

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SABINE BOSS * 1966. Sabine Boss is the head of the Film Department of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and works as director and screenwriter for film, TV and theatre. She has shot numerous fictions films and is especially known for her previous film I’M THE KEEPER (2014) for which she receive four Swiss Film Awards, among them the Swiss Film Awards for Best Fiction Film and Best Screenplay.

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As CFO, Alexander Meier fights for the survival of the long-established Walser company – dutifully, quickly and perfectionist to the point of self-abandonment. When Hans-Werner Brockmann, an unscrupulous top manager, is appointed, he gets involved in a power struggle that increasingly throws him off track. Before the ruins of his existence, Alexander sees only one possibility left to take revenge on Brockmann.


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PARADISE WAR – THE STORY OF BRUNO MANSER

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1984: Searching for an experience beyond modern civilisation, Bruno Manser travels into the jungles of Borneo and finds the nomadic Penan tribe. When the existence of the Penan is threatened by relentless deforestation, Manser takes up the fight against logging with a courage and determination that makes him one of the most renowned and credible environmentalists of his time – and eventually costs him everything. Based on a true story.

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WORLD SALES: TrustNordisk ApS, Hvidovre www.trustnordisk.com

SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 141 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, Swiss-German, Penan SCREENPLAY: Niklaus Hilber, Patrick Tönz, David Clemens CAST: Sven Schelker, Nick Kelesau, Elizabeth Ballang, Daniel Ludwig, Benjamin Mathis PRODUCTION: A Film Company, Zurich /  Das Kollektiv, Zurich / SRF /  Teleclub / Superfilm, Vienna SWISS PRODUCERS: Valentin Greutert, Philip Delaquis

NIKLAUS HILBER * 1970. Niklaus Hilber studied directing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and screenwriting at the AFI in Los Angeles. His last film AMATEUR TEENS (2015) received the Audience Award at the Zurich Film Festi­­val and was awarded with the Zurich Film Prize 2015. It also screened in competition at the 19th Tallin Black Nights Film Festival as well as at Cinema Jove in Valencia.


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JULIANA FANJUL * 1981 in Mexico. Juliana Fanjul studied Film at the Docu­ mentary Department of the International Cinema and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in Cuba and Cinema Studies at École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) and Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève). Her first documentary feature MUCHACHAS (2015) premiered at Visions du Réel in Nyon and was selected for numerous international festivals. At the FIFDH in Paris it was awarded with the Grand Prix.

SWITZERLAND / MEXICO Documentary, 78 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish PRODUCTION: Akka Films, Geneva / Cactus Films, Mexico City / RTS /  SRG SSR SWISS PRODUCER: Philippe Coeytaux

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Mexico, March 2015. Carmen Aristegui, incorruptible journalist, has been fired from the radio station where she has worked for years. Supported by more than 18 million listeners, Carmen continues her fight. Her goal: raising awareness and fighting against misinformation. The film tells the story of this quest: difficult and dangerous, but essential to the health of democracy. A story in which resistance becomes a form of survival.

WORLD RIGHTS: Akka Films, Geneva www.akkafilms.ch

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written & directed by Juliana Fanjul

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Before an office complex is set to be demolished, it expresses one last wish: a love story. It centres around desire, security, and a melody that runs through the entire fabric of the building. So when darkness descends and everything falls silent, the routine lives of those within its walls sparkle like stars, paving the way for intimate chance encounters and absurd humor to unfold. A nocturnal kaleidoscope of longing, loneliness and freedom.

WORLD RIGHTS: Abrakadabra Films AG, Zurich www.abrakadabra.ch

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SEKURITAS

SWITZERLAND  Fiction, 115 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German CAST: Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag PRODUCTION: Abrakadabra Films, Zurich /  SRF / Teleclub PRODUCER: Claudia Wick

CARMEN STADLER * 1978. Carmen Stadler studied film at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK and works as independent writer, director and editor. Her award-winning short NIGHTFLUTTERING (2006) screened at numerous festivals and received the Pardino d’oro at the Locarno Film Festival, the Zurich Film Prize and the Newcomer Award at the Solothurn Film Festival. She is known for her short REDUIT (2010), which also premiered within Pardi di domani in Locarno. SEKURITAS is her first feature.


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RAMON ZÜRCHER * 1982. Ramon Zürcher studied Film at the DFFB in Berlin. His award-winning debut film THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (2013) premiered at the Forum of the Berlinale and has been shown at numerous renowned festivals, such as TIFF, Festival de Cannes, Viennale and New Directors/New Films. It received awards such as the New Talent Grand PIX Award at CPH:PIX, the Special Jury Prize for Best Debut at the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad and the Audience Jury Prize at the Viennale among others.

SWITZERLAND  WORLD RIGHTS: Fiction, 90 min. Beauvoir Films, Geneva ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: www.beauvoirfilms.ch German SCREENPLAY: Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher CAST: Henriette Confurius, Liliane Amuat, Ursina Lardi, Sabine Timoteo, André M. Hennicke, Ivan Georgiev, Lea Draeger, Flurin Giger, Dagna Litzenberger Vinet PRODUCTION: Beauvoir Films, Geneva / SRF PRODUCERS: Aline Schmid, Adrian Blaser

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Lisa moves out. Mara is left behind. As boxes are being moved, tile joints renewed and cupboards built, abysses begin to open up, yearnings fill the room and an emotional rollercoaster is set in motion. A tragicomic catastrophe film. A poetic ballad about change and transience.

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On the edge of the Sahara, in Burkina Faso, the village of Kamsé is being destroyed by the effects of creeping desertification. To ensure the village’s survival, the villagers decided to embark on the planning of a perimeter. Armed with shovels and pickaxes, they will build dikes, plant hedges and trees to protect the soil from wind, gully erosion and herds of animals that grass on what little pasture manages to grow.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Prince Film SA, Undervelier www.princefilm.ch

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Documentary, 90 min ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Morée PRODUCTION: Prince Film SA, Undervelier /  Andolfi, Paris / RTS /  Canal + International SWISS PRODUCER: Pierre-Alain Meier

OLIVIER ZUCHUAT * 1969. Olivier Zuchuat studied Physics and Literature at University of Lausanne and Trinity College in Dublin. He works as playwright for theatre and for various film schools. Since 2018 he is, ad interim, the Head of Cinema Department of the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève). Zuchuat is known for his award-winning documentaries FAR FROM THE VILLAGE (2008) and LIKE LIONS OF STONE AT THE GATEWAY OF NIGHT (2012).


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GEORGIA ON MY MIND

NOT VITAL

by Sabine Gisiger, director of YALOM’S CURE

SWITZERLAND  Documentary PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich

(working title) by Pascal Hofmann, codirector of DANIEL SCHMID – LE CHAT QUI PENSE SWITZERLAND  Documentary PRODUCTION: RECK Filmproduktion, Zurich / SRF / RTR / RSI WORLD RIGHTS: RECK Filmproduktion, Zurich

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NOTHING BUT THE SUN

PIETRAPAOLA

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

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APENAS EL SOL by Arami Ullón, director of CLOUDY TIMES

SWITZERLAND  Documentary PRODUCTION: Cinédokké Sagl, Savosa / RSI WORLD RIGHTS: Cinédokké Sagl, Savosa

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SOUTH

THE LINES OF MY HAND

AU SUD by Lionel Baier, director of VANITA and LONGWAVE SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Fiction PRODUCTION: Bandita Films, Geneva /  Avenue B Productions, Paris / RTS WORLD SALES: Les Films du Losange, Paris

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SPRING 2021

by Christian Johannes Koch SWITZERLAND Fiction CAST: Rachel Braunschweig, Michael Neuenschwander, Aleksei Serebryakov PRODUCTION: CognitoFilms, Zurich / SRF WORLD RIGHTS: CognitoFilms, Zurich


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DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT NON-EUROPEAN COUNTRIES Supporting the theatrical release of Swiss feature films in ten selected non-European countries. Its aim is to increase the visibility and the distribution of Swiss films outside of Europe. Eligible countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China / Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and USA. Applications must be submitted by the foreign distributor.

Film Sales Support FSS is a scheme by the European Film Promotion (EFP) for the promotion of European films outside of Europe. With support by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Media Desk Suisse and SWISS FILMS, FSS is also available to European and Swiss sales companies selling Swiss films at selected festivals and markets: Hong Kong Int’l Film &  TV Market, Tribeca FF, Hot Docs Toronto, TIFF, Asian Film Market, American Film Market, Sundance FF. Applications must be submitted online by the world sales company. Guidelines and application: www.efp-online.com/en/project_market/guidlines.php

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A support measure by SWISS FILMS in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC). www.swissfilms.ch/distribution Contact: support@swissfilms.ch

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VOD SUPPORT

Supporting the distribution of Swiss films on selected international VOD platforms.

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES Supporting the theatrical release of Swiss feature films in Europe.

Its aim is to increase the visibility and the online distribution of Swiss films. The subsidies are granted according to the “Guidelines VOD Support”. Applications must be submitted by the Swiss rights holder.

Its aim is to strengthen the visibility and the distribution of Swiss films in Europe. The subsidies are granted according to the “Guideline Funding for the distribution of Swiss films and coproductions in foreign countries.” Applications must be submitted by the European distributor via the Swiss producer.

A support measure by SWISS FILMS in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC). www.swissfilms.ch/en/vod Contact: support@swissfilms.ch

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