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SHORT FILMS 2017 Cover: THE WAY DOWN TO YOUR BELLY by Jonas Meier Back cover: IN THE WOODS by Corina Schwingruber Ilić / Thomas Horat Published in January 2017 SWISS FILMS would like to thank John Canciani, Director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, for contributing to this selection

Sylvain Vaucher Short Films svaucher@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 542 83 80

Fiction 3 Animation Ultra Short

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Animation 18 Documentary 23

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

Experimental 30

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Fiction

Black Hours

Les heures-encre Wendy Pillonel

Switzerland Fiction, 2017, 29 min. Original language: French World premiere: Solothurner Filmtage 2017 International premiere: Max Ophüls Saarbrücken 2017 Cast: Antonio Buil / Isabelle Caillat / Frédéric Landenberg / Eliot Spicher / Nathalie Jeannet / Pierre-Isaïe Duc / Nicolas Rosat / Guy Pillonel / Emanuel Fabris Production: Peacock Film AG, Zurich Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK World Rights: Peacock Film AG, Zurich T +41 44 422 47 70 www.peacock.ch

Frank burns himself to death at his job in protest against the inhumane working conditions. Two stories emerge from this tragic incident. Léa, Frank’s wife, who is searching for the truth. Igor, an employee who finds the dead body and steals the letter of protest out of fear of losing his job. * 1986 in Switzerland. Wendy Pillonel received a BA in Art Education from the Bern University of the Arts in 2010 and an MA in Film Directing from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2016. She has made several short films e.g.: PARACHUTES (2012), ELDORADO (2013) and MIRAGES (2014). She was one of five directors of the feature-length omnibus film PERIPHERY (2016), which premiered at the Zurich Film Festival.

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Fiction

SHORTLISTED FOR THE

Academy AwardS® 2017

Bon voyage Marc Raymond Wilkins

During a holiday cruise a Swiss sailing yacht encounters a sinking refugee boat. Inspired by the current events in the Mediterranean Sea.

* 1976 in Bern. Joint Swiss and British citizenship. From 1996–99 Marc Raymond Wilkins worked as a production assistant and video operator for Constantin Film, Bavaria Film and Olga Film in Munich. The self-taught director was chosen as one of the world’s top young directors at the “New Directors Showcase” in Cannes 2003. His last short film HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA (2013) was screened at Clermont-Ferrand and won the award at the Festival Séquence court métrage in Toulouse.

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Switzerland Fiction, 2016, 20 min. Original languages: Swiss-German / English / Arabic World premiere: Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest 2016 (Winner Best Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes) Cast: Stefan Gubser / Annelore Sarbach / Jay Abdo / Souhair Omran Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Sales: Ouat Media, Toronto T +1 416 979 73 80 www.ouatmedia.com


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Comme des loups

Drinking Up The Sea

Aude Sublet

La mer à boire Tania Zambrano Ovalle

Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 20 min. Original language: French

Switzerland | Fiction | 2017 | 16 min. Original language: French

Cast: Cléa Eden / Vincent Fontannaz / Frank Semelet Production and World Rights: École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne ECAL jean_guillaume.sonnier@ecal.ch

Planned for Spring 2017 Cast: Maurice Aufair / Justin Richard / Emilie Bourquin Production: Cinédokké Sagl, Lugano RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera World Rights: Cinédokké Sagl, Lugano T +41 91 911 97 01 www.cinedokke.ch

The Wolf patrol, led by Julie, a young scout leader, goes off wilderness camping in the mountains. Hugo, a high-ranking scout goes with them to assess the young woman’s leadership skills. While the young wolves have fun, Julie recalls her first camp when Hugo was a handsome, young scoutmaster.

Mime has his old car, his hitchhikers bound for their destinations and his fresh-water fish. They are all he needs. He dreams of leaving, but he does not have the courage to act. Fanfan dreams of learning to swim. He will be able to count on Mime, who is a very capable swimmer. In turn, Fanfan will ask him to jump in the water too. 5


Fiction

Fedor Hugo Radi

Two young boys have stolen some expensive scarves and are being pursued. To get out of town, they hijack a young lady’s vehicle. She ends up following them as they flee.

* 1982 in Geneva. Hugo Radi is currently attending the ECAL (École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne), cinema department. His last short film SWIZZAIR (2015) screened in competition at Int’l Kurz‑ filmtage Winterthur, Premier Plans d’Angers and Kiev Int’l Short Film Festival among others.

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Switzerland Fiction, 2016, 25 min. Original language: French World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 Cast: Noé Borin / Hugo Baud / Caroline Ventura / Fedor Ugnivenko Production: École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne ECAL Thera Production, Lausanne World Rights: École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne jean_guillaume.sonnier@ecal.ch


Fiction

Intervention in einer Bank Matthias Sahli

Switzerland Fiction, 2017, 13 min. Original language: Swiss-German Planned for Spring 2017 Cast: Adrian Furrer / Dominik Wolfinger / Urs-Peter Wolters / Werner Biermeier / Yves Raeber / Marina Guerrini / Bruno Kocher / Christof Oswald / Michael Schraner Production: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK World Rights: Matthias Sahli, Winterthur T +41 79 394 42 88 matthias.sahli@gmx.net

What do you do, when you find all your employees closely packed together in the office’s only smoking lounge? A renowned industrial psychologist is convinced to have the answer.

* 1988 in Switzerland. Matthias Sahli has a diploma in Business and in 2017 he received his BA in film from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His last short film HAUSARREST (2015) received a Special Mention at the Festival del film Locarno and won the Audience Award at the Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

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Fiction

Lost Exile

Millimeterle

Fisnik Maxhuni

Pascal Reinmann

Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 29 min. Original languages: English / Albanian / Serbian

Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 15 min. Original language: Swiss-German

World premiere: Festival del film Locarno 2016 Cast: Arben Bajraktaraj / May-Linda Kosumovic / Sunaj Raca / Fatmir Spahiu / Florist Bajgora / Rita Bardiqi Production: Alva Film, Geneva Master Cinema ECAL/HEAD RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Rights: Alva Film, Geneva | T +41 22 321 70 38 | www.alvafilm.ch

World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 Cast: Maurice Schnieper / Thierry Brunnschweiler Production: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK World Rights: Pascal Reinmann, Zurich T +41 79 425 31 51 | pascalreinmann.com

To escape from a lack of perspective in Kosovo, Hana meets Emir, a smuggler in Serbia who will drive her to Hungary. On the way, complications arise as Emir's unscrupulous associates try to take advantage of Hana's vulnerability. In the midst of the frozen winter, Hana's courage and determination and Emir's honour will be tested. 8

Measuring their power and proving themselves is part of the boys’ everyday life. Even for the 13-year-old gentle-natured Yannik. Until his best friend’s upcoming sexual curiosity suddenly puts him in a threatening situation. Where is the line between game and reality and what happens if that line is crossed? facebook.com/millimeterle


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Operation Commando Opération commando

Jan Czarlewski

Switzerland Fiction, 2016, 21 min. Original language: French World premiere: Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest 2016 Cast: Eye Haidara / Vincent Fontannaz / Milo Breda / Roman Grosso Production: Box Productions sàrl, Renens RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Sales: Salaud Morisset, Berlin T +49 152 25 19 23 36 festival@salaudmorisset.com www.salaudmorisset.com

Children play war in this summer camp, a war opposing the Indians to the Commandos. Two brothers are separated in between the two rival groups. The eldest promises the youngest that he will go look for him on their first night. * 1988 in Paris. Joint French and Polish citizenship. Jan Czarlewski studied cinema at the Sorbonne in Paris and received a BA in 2012 from the ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). He is known for the festival hit STAMMERING LOVE (2012), which won several awards, such as the Silver Leopard at the Festival del film Locarno.

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Fiction

Rhone Or The Blue Love Rhône ou l'amour bleu Consuelo Frauenfelder / Stefan Lauper

A man saves a woman from drowning and falls madly in love with her.

Consuelo Frauenfelder * 1978 in Geneva. In 2012 Consuelo Frauenfelder founded Garidi Films. She works as film director and film historian. Stefan Lauper * 1977 in Geneva. In 2003 Stefan Lauper received a degree from HEAD-Genève (Haute école d'art et de design). Both have worked together on their last four fiction short films which were screened at festivals such as Neuchâtel Int'l Fantastic Film Festival.

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Switzerland Fiction, 2017, 14 min. Original language: French Planned for Spring 2017 Cast: Slimane Dazi / Lola Giouse Production and World Rights: Garidi Films, Geneva T +41 78 835 24 88 contact@garidifilms.ch


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Ruah Flurin Giger

Switzerland Fiction, 2016, 18 min. Original language: Swiss-German World premiere: Venice 2016 (Short Films Competition) Cast: Fabian Villiger / Christina Brandenberg / Annina Walt / Mona Petri / JĂźrg PlĂźss / Dardan Sadik / Taffy Oyewusi / Danah Giger / Nurit Giger Production and World Rights: Flurin Giger, Seewis Dorf T +41 79 668 62 56 www.fluringiger.ch

Nine characters, four stories, one situation. How to act while knowing that something big, something irreversible, something that you can't run away from or fight against, is going to happen. Something bigger than anything humans have ever experienced. www.ruah-film.ch

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* 1995 in Lucerne. Flurin Giger studied acting at the EFAS (European Film Actor School) in Zurich. After starring in several movies, he now also works as a self-taught director. RUAH is his first film and went on to compete in the Short Films Competition in Venice in 2016.


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Soltar Jenna Hasse

Margaux and Bruno are en route to Portugal to meet the young girl's family. On the way, Bruno's strange behaviours become more frequent; when Margaux tries to ignore him, she will have to oppose the man she loves and confront a reality she didn't want to see. *1989 in Lisbon. Joint Swiss and Portuguese citizenship. Jenna Hasse studied French and Cinema at the University of Lausanne and later attended the Geneva Conservatory for theatre studies. In 2012 she attended the INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle, Belgium), drama department. Her film IN AUGUST (2014) premiered in Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Competition). She won several prizes and was nominated for a Swiss Film Award.

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Switzerland Fiction, 2016, 24 min. Original languages: French / Portuguese World premiere: Festival int'l du film francophone Namur 2016 Cast: Sébastien Houbani / Jenna Hasse / Maria do Céu Guerra / Manuel Luis Alberto / Sophia Moreira de Almeida / Raquel Moreira de Almeida / Daniela Ligia Gonçalves Production and World Rights: Louise Productions Lausanne T +41 21 624 61 16 lausanne@louiseproductions.ch www.louiseproductions.ch


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The Lesson

The Tale Of Antonia

La leçon Tristan Aymon

El cuento de Antonia Jorge Cadena

Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 15 min. Original language: French

Switzerland | Fiction | 2016 | 30 min. Original language: Spanish

World premiere: Festival del film Locarno 2016 Cast: Cléa Eden / Arnaud Huguenin / Bruno Joly Production: Terrain Vague, Lausanne World Sales: Salaud Morisset, Berlin | T +49 152 25 19 23 36 festival@salaudmorisset.com | www.salaudmorisset.com

World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 International premiere: Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 (Tiger Short Films Competition) Cast: Mitchailet Lemus Ortíz / Flor Martínez Rojas / Edwin Padilla / Eudes Rosado / Margarita Velilla / Camilo Mundólogo / Dina Luz Caceres / Noemí Maury / Diofante Tapias / Weimar Avila Cortez Production and World Rights: Haute école d’art et de design – Geneva | T +41 22 388 58 89 cinema.head@hesge.ch | head.hesge.ch/cinema

Ludovic, a weekend biker, has planned out the afternoon in a wooden shed with Axelle.

Battered by incessant winds, this community welcomes Antonia with a ritual of stripping bare the stories she embodies. Being recalcitrant to established orders and endowed with a beauty that defies the widespread poverty, she is the protagonist of a visionary tale for today's Colombia. 13


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The Way Down To Your Belly Jonas Meier

In a constant waking state, caused by pure boredom, detective Rob simply tries to find some sleep. Circling in a roundabout, listening to medi‑ tation instructions, while being at a personal standstill. Until a bunch of old hippies arrive to claim back their hippie-van because they want to die in it. * 1978 in Zurich. In 2006 Jonas Meier received a degree from the HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst), video department. He was one of ten directors of the successful feature film WONDERLAND (2015). His short film ALICE IN THE SKY (2013) was selected for Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen and Winterthur. The documentary featurelength film MÜRNERS UNIVERSE (2010) premiered at Visions du réel Nyon. He is also known for several music videos.

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Switzerland Fiction, 2016, 25 min. Original language: English World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 Cast: Ivan Neskovic / Jose Manuel Valdes Mariño Production and World Rights: Zweihund GmbH, Winterthur T +41 79 247 03 00 www.zweihund.com


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Tomorrow The Sun

Versus

Demain le soleil Quentin Tomshire

Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo

Switzerland | Fiction | 2017 | 29 min. Original languages: French / Susu

Switzerland / Rwanda | Fiction | 2016 | 6 min. Original language: Kinyarwanda

Planned for Spring 2017 Cast: Ismael Taha / Annalisa Derossi / Casimir Fireman Camara / Mohamed Coumbassa / Mohamed Aly Thiam / Mama Aïssata Doumbouya / Mohamed Lamine Bangoura Production: Close Up Films, Geneva | Master Cinema ECAL/HEAD World Rights: Close Up Films, Geneva | T +41 22 808 08 46 flavia@closeupfilms.ch | www.closeupfilms.ch

World premiere: Uppsala Int’l Short Film Festival 2016 Cast: Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo/ Iris Petit / Manon Runel / Princesse / Tomajit Production: Haute école d’art et de design – Geneva Kalinga Wave Pictures, Kigali World Rights: Kalinga Wave Pictures, Kigali | phabrat7@gmail.com

2028. For reasons unknown to men, the earth is slowly growing closer to the sun. The planet is now separated in two distinct zones: the North, barely liveable, and the South, which has become too hot to be inhabited. In the heart of the Congo, a small group of soldiers witnesses the expansion of the southern forest.

Alone in his apartment in a European city, a young man plunges into the dark corners of his thoughts.

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What The Eye Doesn’t See Pas vu pas pris Frédéric Mermoud

* 1969 in Switzerland. Frédéric Mermoud’s short film THE STAIRCASE (2003) won Best Short Film at the Swiss Film Awards. In 2010 he won the Swiss Film Award in the category Best Screenplay for COMPLICES (2009), a French-Swiss coproduction which premiered in Locarno. Together with Ursula Meier, Lionel Baier and Jean-Stéphane Bron he cofounded Bande à part Films, Lausanne. His last feature film MOKA (2016) won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at Festival del film Locarno.

Alice, 15, has a date with Mathieu. Her friend Julie lends her a pretty red dress, which does not fit her old sneakers. They set out together in search of the perfect pair of shoes, but nothing turns out as expected. This short lesson in cinema looks into the function of match cut: by showing what a person is looking at, one can understand what that person is feeling.

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Switzerland Fiction, 2017, 14 min. Original language: French World premiere: Solothurner Filmtage 2017 Cast: Alba Gaïa Bellugi / Lorenzo Lefèbvre / Pauline Serieys Production: Milos-Films SA, Neuchâtel La Lanterne Magique RTS Radio Télévision Suisse RTS découverte SRF mySchool World Rights: Milos-Films SA, Neuchâtel T +41 76 365 98 87 milosfilms@gmail.com


A n i m at i o n U lt r a S h o r t

Cuckoo

Habitat

Swiss Made

Nils Hedinger

Kuckuck Tricksfilms

Marcel Barelli

Sophie Wietlisbach

Switzerland | Animation | 2016 | 2 min. | Without dialogue

Switzerland | Animation | 2017 | 3 min. | Without dialogue

Switzerland | Animation | 2016 | 2 min. | Original language: French

Switzerland | Animation | 2017 | 3 min. | Without dialogue

World premiere: Fantoche Baden 2016 Production & World Rights: Nils Hedinger Trickproduktion, Lucern info@nilshedinger.ch

Planned for Spring 2017 Production & World Rights: Aline Hรถchli Tricksfilms, Bern tricksfilms@hotmail.com

World premiere: Green Film Festival in Seoul 2016 Production & World Rights: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

World premiere: Solothurner Filmtage 2017 Production & World Rights: Sophie Wietlisbach, Petit-Lancy sophie@cactus-sports.ch

Habitat: 1) Way in which man organises the place he lives in 2) Housing 3) Place or environment where a plant or animal lives

A satirical portrait of Switzerland which makes use of aesthetic codes inspired by touristic language. The film sarcastically denounces the absurdity of the attractions that attempt to satisfy an insatiable public. It addresses current issues and opens the way for reflections on the future of the alpine landscape.

A Single Rose Can Be My Garden, A Single Friend My World

A film about the importance of friendship.

The skinny, young girl spends her time alone feeding pigeons in the park. But even they fly away from her. Suddenly, company turns up. But the beanpole feels uneasy about the new companionship, so she sets about going to a specialist for parasites.

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A n i m at i o n

Ceci n’est pas un tableau

Jacob Berger / Samuel Guillaume / Frédéric Guillaume

Jacob Berger * 1963 in Great Britain. Joint Swiss and British citizenship. From 1982–85 Jacob Berger attended the NYU (New York University), Institute of Film and Television. His feature films LOVING FATHER (2002), THAT DAY (2007) and UN JUIF POUR L'EXEMPLE (2016) were selected for Locarno and other international film festivals such as Karlovy Vary, Busan and Tallinn. Samuel & Frédéric Guillaume * 1976 in Switzerland. Both attended one year at the ECAL (École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne), industrial design and cinema. Their film MAX & CO (2007) won the Cristal Prix du Public at Annecy and THE NIGHT OF THE BEAR (2012) won the Animated Eye Award at the Aspen Shortsfest.

Feature filmmaker Jacob Berger and animation directors Sam & Fred Guillaume joined their imagination to create an imaginary museum. Starting with three iconic works by Hans Holbein, Ferdinand Holder and Felix Vallotton, they summoned dozens of paintings, drawings and images, drawn from six centuries of Swiss art, in order to invite us on an unusual, extravagant and poetic voyage through the meanderings of desire, faith, aesthetics, politics and identity.

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Switzerland Animation, 2017 Original language: French Chapters: Le Christ mort – Hans Holbein Animation, 2017, 9 min. Le Grütli moderne – Ferdinand Hodler Animation, 2017, 7 min. La blanche et la noire – Félix Vallotton Animation, 2017, 7 min. World premiere: Solothurner Filmtage 2017 Production: Nouvelle Tribu, Geneva RTS Radio Télévision Suisse World Rights: Nouvelle Tribu, Geneva T +41 78 697 41 17 yasmine@nouvelletribu.ch


A n i m at i o n

Airport Michaela Müller

Animation, 2017, 10 min. Without dialogue Planned for Spring 2017 Production: Schick Productions, Zollikon Kinorama, Zagreb World Rights: Schick Productions, Zollikon T +41 79 400 62 60 ruedi.schick@gmail.com

Individual identities disappear and arise in transit space. Everything is in constant motion, and everyone potentially suspicious.

* 1972 in Switzerland. Michaela Müller received a degree in drawing and craft teaching from HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). In 2009 she received a degree from aLu (Academy of Fine Arts) Zagreb, focus on animation and new media. Her last film MIRAMARE (2009) screened successfully at international film festivals, such as Cannes Ciné‑ fondation, and won numerous prizes, including a Swiss Film Award.

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A n i m at i o n

Hypertrain

Fela Bellotto / Etienne Kompis

On a train trip through spatial and temporal dimensions the traveller suddenly comes across himself. #cat www.facebook.com/HypertrainOfficial

Fela Bellotto * 1989 in Switzerland. Fela Bellotto received her BA in 2D Animation from HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). Her first animated short film ES MÜ Z’ÄNG (2015) (co-directed with Lalita Brunner) won second prize at the Upcoming Film Makers Festival in Lucerne. Etienne Kompis * 1993 in Switzerland. Etienne Kompis received his BA in 2D Animation from HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). HYPERTRAIN is his first film.

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Switzerland Animation, 2016, 4 min. Without dialogue World premiere: Fantoche Baden 2016 Production: Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst, Studienbereich Animation SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Rights: Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst, Studienbereich Animation T +41 41 248 64 64 animation@hslu.ch


A n i m at i o n

In A Nutshell

The Little Bird And The Caterpillar

Fabio Friedli

Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe Lena von DĂśhren

Switzerland | Animation | 2017 | 6 min. Without dialogue

Switzerland | Animation | 2017 | 5 min. Without dialogue

World premiere: Berlinale 2017 (Generation 14Plus) Production: YK Animation Studio GmbH, Bern SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Rights: YK Animation Studio GmbH, Bern T +41 79 154 11 87 yk-animation.ch

World premiere: Berlinale 2017 (Generation Kplus) Production: Schattenkabinett GmbH, Bern SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Sales: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin T +49 163 801 07 53 www.magnetfilm.de

From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.

It is summer. High up in its tree, the little bird looks after the green leaflets on the maple tree in front of its door. It does not take long before a hungry caterpillar begins feasting on the tender leaves. The little bird manages to entice the gorger away – and thus begins an adventurous journey.

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A n i m at i o n

Progress

Whatever We Are

Fortgang Otto Alder

Was immer wir sind Daria Locher

Switzerland | Anidoc | 2016 | 4 min. Without dialogue

Switzerland | Anidoc | 2017 | 5 min. Original language: English

World Premiere: Fantoche Baden 2016 International premiere: DOK Leipzig 2016 (Int'l Competition Short Film) Production and World Rights: Gerd Gockell Filmproduktion, Lucerne T +41 77 486 86 16 info@anigraf.org www.anigraf.org An experimental animation in which thousands of photographs of an old building from the director's archives are brought to life in an animated document of impermanence and recommencement.

Planned for Spring 2017 Production and World Rights: Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst, Studienbereich Animation T +41 41 248 64 64 animation@hslu.ch The filmmaker joined three hunters and recorded an unexpected and personally afflicting experience. The film deals with the conflict between the two positions she experienced. One being the person behind the camera trying to catch reality without influencing it, the other as being part of that same reality.

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D o cu m e n t a r y

Before The Flight

Avant l'envol

Laurence Bonvin

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

An exploration of the current state of some relevant modernist and governmental buildings in Abidjan, the largest and most important city of Ivory Coast. As an architectural tour as well as a tribute to the remarkable achievements of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the film pays special attention to users and visitors, to their gestures and ways of informally appropriating the spaces.

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


D o cu m e n t a r y

Delta Ventura

Digital Immigrants

Fulvio Balmer-Rebullida

Norbert Kottmann / Dennis Stauffer

Switzerland | Documentary | 2016 | 30 min. Original language: Catalan

Switzerland | Documentary | 2016 | 21 min. Original language: Swiss-German

World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 Production: Fortino, Geneva Haute école d’art et de design – Geneva World Rights: Fortino, Geneva T +41 79 641 21 13 www.fortinoprod.com Having come from the sea, two young sportswomen are paddling their canoe with all their strength on a vast plain. They meet some of the inhabitants, whose activities and narratives evoke a human story of its own.

World premiere: Festival del film Locarno 2016 International premiere: DOK Leipzig 2016 (Int'l Competition Short Film) Production: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen World Rights: Norbert Kottmann, Bern T +41 79 703 94 11 | www.norbertkottmann.com and Dennis Stauffer, Solothurn T +41 79 884 52 12 | www.zoomion.ch 1984 – The home computer arrives in our living rooms and overruns a whole generation. The computer splits society into digital natives and digital immigrants. 2016 – A group of senior citizens is trying to adapt to the speed of computerization. Their problem is ours: How long can we keep up with the rapid development? www.digital-immigrants.ch

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D o cu m e n t a r y

En La Boca Matteo Gariglio

Switzerland Documentary, 2016, 25 min. Original language: Spanish World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 (Special Mention Swiss Competition) Production and World Rights: Matteo Gariglio, Lucerne info@matteogariglio.com www.matteogariglio.com

In Buenos Aires, the Molina family lives and works in the shadows of the legendary Boca Juniors stadium. Selling fake tickets to the soccer games, they constantly get in conflict with the corrupt police. As her family sinks deeper into this underworld, the mother tries in vain to keep them all from falling apart. * 1986 in Lucerne. Joint Swiss and Italian citizenship. In 2010 Matteo Gariglio received a BA from HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst) visual communications, specialization video and in 2015 an MA in Documentary Film Directing from Doc Nomads Master Course. His last film HARLEKIN (2010) competed at Torino Film Festival. OUTSIDE THE HERD (2009) was in competiton at Oberhausen, Winterthur and won the Audience Award at International Short Film Festival Sao Paulo.

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D o cu m e n t a r y

In The Woods Ins Holz

Corina Schwingruber Ilić / Thomas Horat

Corina Schwingruber Ilić * 1981 in Switzerland. Corina Schwingruber Ilić attended the Academy of Fine Arts Belgrade. In 2009 she received a degree from HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst), video department. Her short film JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EGYPT (2015) – codirected with Nikola Ilić – was nominated for a Swiss Film Award and competed at several festivals.

Snow, ice, sweat and the sound of chainsaws. Every four years, over a period of three months in winter, wood is cut in a steep mountain forest above Lake Aegeri in the Canton of Zug and prepared for log rafting. Neither technology nor progress has been able to replace this traditional craft.

Thomas Horat * 1964 in Switzerland. Since 2010 Thomas Horat has made three feature-length documentary films. IN THE WOODS is based on the footage of his film THE LOG RAFTERS OF LAKE AEGERI (2016).

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Switzerland Documentary, 2017, 13 min. Original language: Swiss-German World premiere: Clermont-Ferrand 2017 (Int’l Competition) Production and World Rights: Mythenfilm, Schwyz T +41 41 820 02 72 thomas@mythenfilm.ch www.mythenfilm.ch


D o cu m e n t a r y

Ma Yan Chan – Waves Of Transition Jonas Scheu

Switzerland Documentary, 2017, 29 min. Original language: Burmese Production: Master HES-SO ECAL / HEAD, Renens Amrit Medias Sàrl, Les Thioleyres World Rights: Master HES-SO ECAL / HEAD, Renens jean_guillaume.sonnier@ecal.ch

Since generations, the dockers and their families live and work at the Ayeyarwady riverbank in Mandalay, the ancient royal capital of Myanmar. In a time of great transition, their lifestyle is subdued to lasting transformations. Against their will, the authorities try to dislocate them into newly built concrete buildings. * 1980 in Switzerland. In 2007 Jonas Scheu received his BA from HEAD-Genève (Haute école d’art et de design), Geneva. Since 2014 he is enrolled in the MA studies in film directing at HEAD and ECAL. His last two films HLADIVODE – COOLING WATERS (2016) and AMRIT NECTAR OF IMMORTALITY – A JOURNEY TO THE KUMBH MELA (2012) were screened at several international festivals.

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D o cu m e n t a r y

Rakijada Nikola Ilić

Through the schnapps-olympiad into the Serbian soul. An exhilarating film from a village of resistance fighters.

* 1977 in Serbia. Nikola Ilić lives in Switzer‑ land since 2007. In 2013 he received his BA from HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst), video department. His last film JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EGYPT (2015) – codirected with Corina Schwingruber Ilić – toured many international festivals and was nominated for a Swiss Film Award. His previous films LITTLE YUGOSLAVIA (2013) and KOD ĆOŠKA (2013), were screened at festivals such as Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. He works as independent filmmaker.

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Switzerland Documentary, 2016, 19 min. Original language: Serbian World premiere: Int’l Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2016 (Special Mention Swiss Competition) Production and World Rights: Pixiu Films GmbH, Zurich T +41 44 500 24 68 www.pixiufilms.com


D o cu m e n t a r y

Where Euphrates And Sava Flow Together Wo der Euphrat in die Sava mĂźndet

Andreas Muggli

Switzerland Documentary, 2016, 15 min. Original language: Arabic World premiere: Short Film Festival Rio de Janeiro 2016 (Special Jury Award) Production and World Rights: Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst, Studienrichtung Video T +41 41 248 61 12 edith.flueckiger@hslu.ch www.video.hslu.ch

Mid-February 2016, a few days before the closure of the Greek-Macedonian border. Along the Sava river, the last stage of a long trip on the refugee’s route through the Balkans.

* 1990 in Zurich. Since 2014 Andreas Muggli attends the HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst), video department.

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Transitions Aurèle Ferrier

A journey from the civilizing void of the desert to a maximal urban, capitalistic and hedonistic density, which in the case of Las Vegas assumes some bizarre expression. The film is a contemplation without any people or moving machines in it, focusing on the built and designed. * 1975 in Switzerland. In 2004 Aurèle Ferrier received a BA in Theatre and in 2014 an MA in Fine Arts, both from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He works as an artist and filmmaker and has exhibited his work internationally. His film INFRASTRUCTURES (2014) won, among others, the Grand Jury Award for Experimental Short at the 2016 edition of the Slamdance Film Festival.

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Switzerland Experimental, 2017, 13 min. Without dialogue World premiere: Solothurner Filmtage 2017 Production and World Rights: Aurèle Ferrier Filmproduktion, Zurich T +41 79 292 72 27 www.aureleferrier.ch


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WOMB Gilles Jobin

Switzerland Experimental, 2016, 33 min. Without dialogue World premiere: Geneva Int'l Film Festival Tous Ecrans 2016 Cast: Gilles Jobin / Martin Roehrich / Susana PanadĂŠs Diaz Production and World Rights: Cie Gilles Jobin, Geneva T +41 22 331 00 50 www.gillesjobin.com

A marriage of stereoscopic images, dance, visual art and music. The film draws on the depth of space and the volume of bodies to trigger a contemplative and emotional response. The internationally renowned Swiss choreographer invited a number of leading contemporary artists to join him: visual artist Sylvie Fleury, fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard and the composer and leader of The Young Gods, Franz Treichler.

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* 1964 in Lausanne. In 1995 Gilles Jobin founded his dance company. WOMB (2016) is his first film as director. He is currently developing a cutting edge VR project in immersive virtual reality. In 2015 he received the Grand Prix Suisse de danse. He lives and work in Geneva.


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