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2021 DOCS SPRING


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NEW DOCS FEATURES ARADA BURNING MEMORIES DIDA DREAMING AN ISLAND HEALERS NOSTROMO OSTROV – LOST ISLAND OUR CHILD PARALLEL LIVES PUSHING BOUNDARIES TAMING THE GARDEN THE BRAIN THE BUBBLE THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS THE SCENT OF FEAR THE TIGER MAFIA WAY BEYOND

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NEW DOCS SHORTS IRON AND OIL NEW GODS PARENTHESIS WHERE WE ARE

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SWISS FILMS TEAM

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

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

LAURA DANIEL Consultant Film, Talent & Awards ldaniel@swissfilms.ch T +41 76 343 61 16

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


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written & directed by Jonas Schaffter

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The story of three men of Turkish descent who grew up in Switzerland but never got a Swiss passport. After run-ins with the law they are deported to the country where their parents originally came from, a place they hardly know. Not only do the men find themselves in a country where they feel like complete strangers, they also have to cope with life in a society that is moving quickly toward a dictatorship. The film explores different concepts of cultural and national identity. WORLD RIGHTS: soap factory GmbH, Basel www.soapfactory.ch Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK www.zhdk.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Solothurner Filmtage 2020 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: DOK.fest Munich 2021 MORE INFORMATION: www.arada-film.com

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 83 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Turkish, Swiss-German PRODUCTION: soap factory GmbH, Basel /  Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK / SRF / SRG SSR

JONAS SCHAFFTER * 1988. Jonas Schaffter studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel (HGK) as well as Photography at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. From 2013-16 he produced several documentaries and art projects for the production company point de vue in Basel. He graduated with a Master in Film from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2020. ARADA is his diploma film.


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BURNING MEMORIES written & directed by Alice Schmid

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 80 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION: Ciné A.S. GmbH, Zurich /  SRF / SRG SSR PRODUCERS: Alice Schmid, Urs Augstburger

WORLD RIGHTS: Ciné A.S. GmbH, Zurich www.aliceschmid.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Solothurner Filmtage 2021

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ALICE SCHMID * 1951. Alice Schmid studied Screenwriting at the Film Academy New York and founded her own production company Ciné A.S. in 1996. Her first feature-length documentary THE CHILDREN FROM MOUNT NAPF (2011) opened the Generation Kplus section at the Berlinale 2012, THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI (2016) premiered at IDFA (First Appearance Competition) and screened in competition at Hot Docs among others.

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At the age of 16 Alice was a victim of abuse. Fifty years later, this repressed experience unexpectedly makes its way back into her conscience. How is it possible to repress an incident for one’s entire life? How did it happen that she made films and wrote books always about children and violence? Alice walks with her accordion through the desert, searching for answers, looking at a phenomenon that affects many women in a similar or related way.


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written & directed by Nikola Ilić, Corina Schwingruber Ilić 4

Fifteen years ago Nikola left Serbia to follow his heart to Switzerland. Since then his life is shared between two countries and three women: his mother Dida, his grandmother and his wife. His mother has learning disabilities and has always been dependent on grandmother. As grandmother is getting older, Belgrade is now calling Nikola back home. How can he help his mother live a life of independence without losing his own?

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WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich www.dvfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 87 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Serbian, Swiss-German, German PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich /  SRF PRODUCERS: Franziska Sonder, Karin Koch

NIKOLA ILIĆ * 1977 in Serbia. CORINA SCHWINGRUBER ILIĆ * 1981. Together they have directed a number of award-winning short documentaries, including KOD ĆOŠKA (2013), JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EGYPT (2015) and RAKIJADA (2016). ALL INCLUSIVE (2018) shot by Nikola and directed by Corina was selected at over 250 festivals including Venice, Toronto and Sundance.


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DREAMING AN ISLAND written & directed by Andrea Pellerani

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 77 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Japanese PRODUCTION: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa / RSI PRODUCERS: Tiziana Soudani, Gabriella de Gara

WORLD SALES: Antidote Sales, Moscow www.antidote-sales.biz WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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ANDREA PELLERANI * 1984. Andrea Pellerani graduated from the CISA (Conservatorio Internazionale di Scienze Audiovisive) in 2007 and from the Geneva Uni­versity of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) in 2009. He works as an independent filmmaker.

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What would happen if everything stopped? If the engine gears of the economy jammed for good? The Japanese island of Ikeshima is a place that seems to be ahead of its time, showing us a possible future. The few remaining inhabitants live in a surreal setting, clinging firmly to a normality that seems however to escape them. A dreamlike journey, which forces us to think about our relationship with the planet but also about social isolation and loneliness.


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HEALERS written & directed by Marie-Eve Hildbrand 6

Ausculting the bodies, probing the recesses of the human psyche, the film sketches the contours of tomorrow’s medicine in the present tense. Through universal characters, it paints the portrait of a health system in the throes of change. And asks a philosophical question: are we ready to become immortal?

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WORLD RIGHTS: Bande à part Films, Lausanne www.bandeapartfilms.com WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 80 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Bande à part Films, Lausanne / RTS / SRG SSR PRODUCERS: Jean-Stéphane Bron, Agnieszka Ramu

MARIE-EVE HILDBRAND * 1978. Marie-Eve Hildbrand works as director of documentaries, short fiction films and advertising. She studied at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). In 2017 she was awarded at the Swiss Film Awards with a Special Academy Award for the casting and voice direction in MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI by Claude Barras. She is co­founder of the Terrain Vague film collective. The docu­mentary project, HEALERS, won the Migros Culture Percentage Swiss Docu­mentary film competition in 2018.


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written & directed by Fisnik Maxville

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 82 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, English PRODUCERS: Flavia Zanon, Joëlle Bertossa

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Close Up Films, Geneva www.closeupfilms.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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FISNIK MAXVILLE * 1989 in Kosovo. Fisnik Maxville was a refugee in Switzerland until 2005. He studied film at ECAL / HEAD, completing his studies with a Master’s degree. His first film LOST EXILE (2016) premiered in Locarno and won a jury award. He wrote and directed THE VALLEY OF HAPPINESS (2017), ZVICRA (2018) and ENDGAME (2020). NOSTROMO is his first film shot in North America. He is currently working on two feature films, THE LAND WITHIN ME and THE DUST OF DAWN.

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For the past 20 years, Olivier, a Frenchman, has lived on his own on a small island belonging to First Nations people. He is there alone, 200 kilometres from Yellowknife, the only city of Northwest Territories in Canada. One day, three visitors land on the island and disrupt his peace.


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OSTROV – LOST ISLAND

OSTROV – DIE VERLORENE INSEL

written & directed by Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop 8

A portrait of the island of Ostrov in the Caspian Sea, whose inhabitants, left alone by the Russian state after the collapse of the Soviet Union, survive through poaching. Ivan regularly goes out to sea risking his life and freedom. He believes that one day Putin will see their misery and help. His son Anton only relies on himself. All he wants is to leave the island behind to find a liveable future elsewhere.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: DokLab GmbH, Bern www.doklab.com WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Hot Docs Toronto 2021

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 90 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Russian PRODUCERS: Corinna Dästner, Sonja Kilbertus, Urs Schnell

SVETLANA RODINA * 1975 in Russia. Svetlana Rodina graduated in Russian literature, philology and in film directing in Moscow. She is a screenwriter and director of documentaries. She has also worked as a host for various television programmes. LAURENT STOOP * 1965. Laurent Stoop has a degree in literature and photography. As DOP he shot various television and feature documentaries, including the award-winning and critically acclaimed CITIZEN KHODORKOVSKY (2016).


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OUR CHILD written & directed by Marina Belobrovaja

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 82 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Russian PRODUCTION: GoldenEggProduction, Geneva / SRF PRODUCER: Gabriela Bussmann

WORLD SALES: JMT Films, Tel Aviv www.jmtfilms.com WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: DOK.fest Munich 2021

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MARINA BELOBROVAJA * 1976 in the Ukraine. Marina Belobrovaja grew up between the Soviet Union and Israel. She made her directorial debut with the documentary WARMGLOW (2014), in which she accompanies a travel group to Chernobyl. For several years she has been working in multimedia on socio-political topics and teaches at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU).

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Is parenthood the only logical continuation of every life? Has the traditional concept of the nuclear family had its day? The filmmaker has achieved what many women in a comparable situation think about but never actually do. In the film, based on her daughter’s procreation story and with the help of a sperm donor, Marina Belobrovaja deals with existing social ideas, role patterns and conventions around parenthood and family.


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PARALLEL LIVES written & directed by Frank Matter 10

Filmmaker Frank Matter set out to find people who, like him, were born on June 8, 1964, but under completely different circumstances. Following their life stories, the film takes us on a moving journey through the last decades. How are time and place intertwined with who we are and where we’re going? The film touches on the existential question of what it means to be human.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Recycled TV AG, Bern www.rectv.ch soap factory GmbH, Basel www.soapfactory.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021 MORE INFORMATION: www.parallellives.ch

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 139 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, German, Xhosa, Chinese PRODUCTION: Recycled TV AG, Bern /  soap factory GmbH, Basel /  SRF / SRG SSR PRODUCERS: Madeleine Corbat, Peter Guyer, Frank Matter

FRANK MATTER * 1964. Frank Matter trained as journalist in Switzerland and studied documentary production at New York University. He is the owner of the production company soap factory GmbH, with which he produced and codirected a number of awardwinning documentaries such as GROZNY BLUES (2015), LA BUENA VIDA (2015) and THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY (2004). They were screened and awarded at numerous inter­national festivals.


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written & directed by Lesia Kordonets

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 102 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Russian, Ukrainian PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich /  Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK / SRF PRODUCER: Karin Koch

WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich www.dvfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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LESIA KORDONETS * 1983 in Ukraine. Lesia Kordonets is deeply influenced by the social turmoil in her home country. After moving to Switzerland in 2008, she wrote and directed several films in Ukraine and Switzerland, which received numerous awards, among them best documentary at the 33�� Munich International Festival of Film Schools, nomination best documentary at the 15�� First Steps Awards. She is currently completing her Master’s in Film at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

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During the Paralympics in Sochi, the Russians annexed the Crimean peninsula. As a result, the Ukrainian team loses its training base, some even lose their citizenship. While the borders around them are constantly being shifted, Ukrainian athletes in the war-torn country have to adapt to the new historical circumstances in order to qualify for the next Paralympics.


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A powerful man, who is also the former Prime Minister of Georgia, buys some 100-year-old trees. His men uproot them, and bring them to his private garden: through villages, over hills and across the Black Sea. To archieve this, other trees must be cut, electric cables moved and new roads paved through mandarin plantations. The film takes the concept of uprooting from its metaphorical meaning to an oppressive, tangible and yet surreal reality. An ode to the rivalry between men and nature.

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WORLD SALES: Syndicado Film Sales, Toronto www.syndicadofs.com WORLD PREMIERE: Sundance Film Festival 2021 MORE INFORMATION: www.tamingthegarden-film.com

SWITZERLAND / GEORGIA /  GERMANY Documentary, 90 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Georgian, Mingrelian PRODUCTION: Mira Film Basel, Basel /  Sakdoc Film, Tbilisi /  Corso Film, Cologne / SRF /  ARTE / Radio Bremen SWISS PRODUCER: Vadim Jendreyko

SALOMÉ JASHI * 1981 in Georgia. Salomé Jashi studied journalism and worked as a reporter for several years. In 2005 she received a scholarship from the British Council to study documentary film at the Royal Holloway University in London. She then co-founded the production company Sakdoc Film in Tbilisi. Her film THE DAZZLING LIGHT OF SUNSET (2016) was awarded the main prize of the Visions du Réel, Regard Neuf competition and at ZagrebDox, Jihlava IDFF, Valdivia IDFF and various other festivals.


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THE BRAIN

Today, the race is on between human and artificial intelligence. While researchers are slowly uncovering the mysteries of the human brain, dramatic progress is being made in the field of AI.

WORLD SALES: SWITZERLAND / FRANCE MK2 Films, Paris Documentary, 100 min., 2021 mk2films.com ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: WORLD PREMIERE: English, French Solothurner Filmtage 2021 PRODUCTION: Bande à part Films, Lausanne /  INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: CPH:DOX 2021 Les Films Pelléas, Paris / RTS /  SRG SSR SWISS PRODUCERS: Lionel Baier, Marie-Lou Pahud

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JEAN-STÉPHANE BRON * 1969. Jean-Stéphane Bron is one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed and award-winning documentary filmmakers. He is especially known for his films CORN IN PARLIAMENT (2003), CLEVELAND VERSUS WALL STREET (2010) and THE BLOCHER EXPERIENCE (2013), which were screened and awarded at numerous international festivals. THE PARIS OPERA (2017) had a theatrical release in more than twenty countries around the world.

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written & directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron


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THE BUBBLE written & directed by Valerie Blankenbyl 14

In the “Villages”, the world’s largest retirement community, there are not only supermarkets, bars and restaurants. From belly dancing to synchronized swimming, everything that a pensioner’s heart desires is offered. But what at first glance appears to be the fulfilment of the American dream, cracks upon closer inspection. After all, maintaining this bubble has a price not only for its inhabitants, but also for the world around them.

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WORLD SALES: Deckert Distribution, Leipzig www.deckert-distribution.com WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

SWITZERLAND / AUSTRIA Documentary, 91 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCTION: Catpics AG, Zurich /  Golden Girls Filmproduktion &  Filmservices GmbH, Vienna /  SRF / ORF SWISS PRODUCERS: Dario Schoch, Rajko Jazbec, Sarah Born

VALERIE BLANKENBYL * 1984 in Austria. From 2003–08 Valerie Blankenbyl studied Graphics and Advertising at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. After a two-year Fabrica Art Residency in Italy, she completed her Master in Film at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). THE BUBBLE is her third feature-length documentary.


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written & directed by Marion Neumann

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 90 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Japanese PRODUCERS: Katia Monla, Luc Peter

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Intermezzo Films, Geneva www.intermezzofilms.ch WORLD SALES: Lightdox, Blonay www.lightdox.com WORLD PREMIERE: CPH:DOX 2021 Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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MARION NEUMANN * 1977 in Germany. Marion Neumann is a Geneva-based filmmaker. She has a Master in documentary film / camera from the HFF in Munich. Her first feature THIS MOMENT IS NOT THE SAME (2010) was the result of a community experiment, and premiered at Visions du Réel. Her work as a cinematographer screened in many festivals, with films such as WILD PLANTS (2016), by Nicolas Humbert, and NATURALES HISTORIAE (2019), by Pauline Julier. THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS is her second feature-length film.

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What if the fungus could help us cure and radically change our relation to this world? The film traces possible alliances with the fungal reign. As if in an uprising of spores, the encounters explore the theme of renewal, and question what connects us when the world seems to fall apart.


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THE SCENT OF FEAR directed by Mirjam von Arx 16

A first-hand journey across the globe analysing the effects fear has on individuals and societies. Along for the ride are leading experts in neural science, psychology, political sciences and more, providing the insight of those who enjoy fear and those paralyzed by it. With exhilarating characters and intellectual scholars, the film analyses the universal question of why fear causes so much fear.

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WORLD RIGHTS: ican films gmbh, Zurich www.ican-films.com WORLD PREMIERE: Solothurner Filmtage 2021 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: CPH:DOX 2021

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 93 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, Swiss-German, Korean SCREENPLAY: Mirjam von Arx, Livia Vonaesch PRODUCTION: ican films gmbh, Zurich / SRF PRODUCER: Mirjam von Arx

MIRJAM VON ARX * 1966. Mirjam von Arx studied journalism and worked for close to two decades as a writer for various magazines. In 1991, she moved to New York and started directing her first films. She founded ican films in 2002, through which she has produced several awardwinning theatrical documentaries, including VIRGIN TALES , finalist of the Maysles Brothers Award 2012. Her latest film THE SCENT OF FEAR won the Migros Culture Percentage Swiss Documentary film competition in 2017.


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THE TIGER MAFIA

KARL AMMANN * 1948. Karl Amman is a wildlife photographer, conser­ vation activist and economist. His texts and images have appeared in magazines such as Stern and the New York Times Magazine.

LAURIN MERZ * 1975. The director and producer studied Film and Journalism at the University of Bern, Zurich and the HSLU Lucerne. He produced and directed various films.

WORLD SALES: SWITZERLAND Mediawan , Paris Documentary, 90 min., 2021 https://rights.mediawan.com ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: WORLD PREMIERE: English CPH:DOX 2021 SCREENPLAY: Laurin Merz, Christoph Senn, Will Staples PRODUCTION: HOOK Film & Kultur Produktion GmbH, Zurich PRODUCER: Laurin Merz

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The magnificent tiger is one of the world’s most beloved, and threatened creatures. Filmmaker, Karl Ammann uncovers their illegal breeding in secret South East Asian tiger farms. His nine-year investigation exposes how body parts are harvested from both live and butchered tigers, and then traded for sale in China’s underground pharmaceutical and jewelry industries.

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The Future Circular Collider is the machine of tomorrow. By virtue of its invention, man will finally be able to go back in time, right up to the very origin of our universe. Between metaphysics and underground tunnels, the film tells the story of the largest scientifc instrument of all time or how men are ready to move mountains for more knowledge.

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WORLD SALES: Sister Distribution, Geneva www.sister-distribution.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 60 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French PRODUCTION: Close Up Films, Geneva PRODUCERS: Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon

PAULINE JULIER * 1981. Pauline Julier studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles and obtained a Master SPEAP – Science Po Paris. She was awarded the Prix d’art fédéral suisse in 2010 and had a solo exhibition at the Swiss Cultural Centre in Paris in 2017. Her previous film, NATURALES HISTORIAE (2019), was selected in competition for Visions du Réel Nyon and DocLisboa.


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IRON AND OIL written & directed by Pierre Schlesser

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 33 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCER: Pierre Schlesser

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Earthling Productions, Geneva www.earthling-prod.net WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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PIERRE SCHLESSER * 1986 in France. Pierre Schlesser is a Geneva-based director, editor and poet. He received a degree in Film Studies from Sorbonne University in Paris. In 2012 he graduated with a Master in editing from Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS – Bruxelles). He worked as a teaching assistant in the Cinema department of Geneva University of the Arts (HEAD – Genève).

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In a small village in eastern France, the same gestures are carried on daily. Chopping wood, milking cows, sewing a garment, growing vegetables from the earth. These are all actions repeated from generation to generation, day after day, until bodies are exhausted. Through the figure of his father, the narrator evokes a childhood spent in this village and his relationship to a place where devotion to work is the daily routine of its inhabitants.


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User LonerWolf58 is part of the incel community. They consider themselves involuntary celibate. His videos have been reported for violent and terroristic content. I have to make him disappear from the net.

WORLD RIGHTS: Skopéô Films, Chaumont skopeofilms@gmail.com WORLD PREMIERE: Festival du film indépendant de Bordeaux 2020

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LES NOUVEAUX DIEUX

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Anidoc / Expanded Cinema, 19 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Skopéô Films, Chaumont /  Venin Films, Paris SWISS PRODUCER: Loïc Hobi

LOÏC HOBI * 1997. Loïc Hobi is a Swiss and French filmmaker. He studied directing at Luc Besson’s film school École de la Cité in Saint Denis, graduating in 2019 with a Masters. His graduation short L’HOMME JETÉE screened in Winterthur, Berlin, Busan and various other festivals worldwide. His filmography includes more experimental work such as NEW GODS (IDFA 2020) and FACE TO FACE IN THE NIGHT (2019). He is working on his next short films THE LIFE UNDERGROUND, ALEXX196 &  THE PINK SAND BEACH and is developing a feature film.


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PARENTHESIS written & directed by Fabrice Aragno

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 6 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Fabrice Aragno

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Casa Azul Films, Lausanne www.casa-azul.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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FABRICE ARAGNO * 1970. Fabrice Aragno has a degree in directing from the Département d’Audiovisuel de l’École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne. He collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard as cinematographer on a number of films, including FILM SO­CIALISME (2010) and LES TROIS DÉSASTRES (2012). He directed several short films, among them his gra­duation film, DIMANCHE, selected for the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, INSIDE (2003), and AUTOUR DE CLAIRE (2010).

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In a backyard, between two moons, observing time standing still and time passing by, where certain glances dialogue and question each other.


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WHERE WE ARE written & directed by Amélie Bargetzi

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The small industrial port-city of Fos-sur-mer is located in the South of France. The city and the local population are suffocated by atmospheric pollution from the many refineries and industries surrounding them. Residents have developed strategies based on the convergence of economy and ecology. A culture of togetherness emerged.

WORLD RIGHTS: Amélie Bargetzi, Zurich www.amelie-bargetzi.format. com WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2021

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LÀ OÙ NOUS SOMMES

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 36 min., 2021 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK / Amélie Bargetzi, Zurich PRODUCER: Amélie Bargetzi

AMÉLIE BARGETZI *  1994. Amélie Bargetzi grad­u­ ated with a Bachelor from Geneva University of Arts and Design (HEAD – Genève). In 2020 she obtained a Master in Fine Arts from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Through the medium of video she explores ecological prob­ lems and the relation­ship to our own memory. Her previous works PRESQUE COMME UNE VENTOUSE (2019) and MON-IDÉE (2016) were exhibited respectively at the Werkschau 2019 at Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zurich and at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse 2021.


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SWITZERLAND / PARAGUAY Documentary, 75 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Spanish, Ayoreo PRODUCTION: Cineworx Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / Arami Ullón Cine, Asunción WORLD SALES: Film Republic, London filmrepublic.biz MORE INFORMATION: www.apenaselsol.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): IDFA 2020 / Hot Docs Toronto 2021

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In an attempt to preserve fragments of their disappearing culture, Mateo traverses the arid and de­solate Paraguayan Chaco. He records on cassettes the experiences of other Ayoreo who, like him, were born in the forest, free and nomadic, without any contact with white civilization, until religious missionaries forced them to abandon their ancestral territory, their means of subsistence, their beliefs, and their home.

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APENAS EL SOL written & directed by Arami Ullón

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THE NEW GOSPEL

What would Jesus preach in the 21�� century? Who would his apostles be? The filmmaker and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play for an entire population. Together with Yvan Sagnet, a former farm worker and activist from Cameroon, Milo Rau creates a new gospel for the 21�� century: A manifesto of solidarity.

 GERMANY / SWITZERLAND Docufiction, 107 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French, Italian PRODUCTION: Fruitmarket Arts und Medien GmbH, Cologne / Langfilm – Bernard Lang AG, Freienstein /  IIPM International Institute of Political Murder, Cologne /  SRF / ZDF / ARTE WORLD SALES: CAT & Docs, Paris www.catndocs.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Venice 2020 / IDFA 2020 /  Solothurner Filmtage 2021 /  Cinéma du réel Paris 2021

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DAS NEUE EVANGELIUM written & directed by Milo Rau


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In a hidden place where time seems suspended, a retirement home reveals its daily routine. Drawn in pencil, the residents come to life on paper. Everyone is active, rests or bends to the schedule of medication, meals or games. Around them, machines blink, caregivers are busy and crucifixes remind them of the death that lies in wait. Time fades away and nearby, the forest stretches out.

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 15 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: DOK MOBILE, Fribourg / RTS WORLD SALES: Interfilm, Berlin www.interfilm.de FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Square Eyes, Nijmegen www.squareeyesfilm.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Locarno Film Festival 2020 / Message to Man St. Petersburg 2020 / ZINEBI Bilbao 2020 / Animateka Ljublana 2020 /  Go Short Nijmegen 2021 /  Annecy 2021

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DAS SPIEL written & directed by Roman Hodel

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 17 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German, English, Turkish PRODUCTION: Ensemble Film GmbH, Zurich / SRF WORLD SALES: Ouat Media, Toronto www.ouatmedia.com FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Square Eyes, Nijmegen www.squareeyesfilm.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Venice 2020 / TIFF 2020 /  Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2020 / IDFA 2020 / FIPADOC Biarritz 2021 / Mecal Barcelona 2021 / 2ANNAS Riga 2021

A whistle. It gets loud in the spectator stands. The players protest angrily. The commentators follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide. With the referee Fedayi San we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and to direct the energy of an entire stadium.


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Giulia Tonelli, principal dancer at the Zurich Opera House, returns from maternity leave. She has to fight to find her place and a new balance, between the competitive and extremely demanding world of an elite ballet company and her new family life. The film is an unprecedented im­mersion in the microcosm of a great opera house, an intimate and committed look at the journey of a woman who reclaims her own body and her place in the institution.

WORLD RIGHTS: Point Prod, Geneva www.pointprod.ch

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SWITZERLAND Documentary, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, French, Italian PRODUCTION: Point Prod, Geneva / SRF /  RTS / RSI PRODUCERS: David Rihs, Vanessa Droz

LAURA KAEHR * 1978. Laura Kaehr trained as a professional ballet dancer at the Centre de Danse Rosella Hightower, Cannes. She holds a Master in Transdisciplinarity in art from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and an Advanced Certificate in Film and Screenwriting at UCLA Los Angeles. Her debut short film, 1927 premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014. Her experimental dance film NEW WORLD (2018) won Best Film at the Underexposed Film Festival. She is a screenwriter, director and film choreographer.


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written & directed by Arnaud Robert, Paolo Woods

PAOLO WOODS * 1970 in the Netherlands. Paolo Woods is a photographer. He published books on oil networks, Iran, Chinese in Africa, Haiti and on tax havens. He has received two World Press Photos awards. HAPPY PILLS is his first film.

SWITZERLAND  Documentary, 92 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, Shipibo, Zarma PRODUCTION: Intermezzo Films, Geneva /  RTS / SRG SSR / ARTE PRODUCER: Luc Peter

WORLD RIGHTS: Intermezzo Films, Geneva www.intermezzofilms.ch

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ARNAUD ROBERT * 1976. Arnaud Robert has directed three documentaries that won awards at Vues d’Afrique festival in Montreal and Jean Rouch Festival in Paris. His medium-length film, GANGBÉ! (2015), premiered at Visions du Réel festival in Nyon.

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A journey through six different countries and characters into a world where chemistry is the ultimate response to human pursuits of well-being. From antidepressants to opioid pain or stimulant medication, the film questions our whole consumer society and the so-called Eldorado of prescribed happiness.


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ICH ZWINGE DICH NICHT MICH ZU UMARMEN

written & directed by Maja Tschumi

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In a godforsaken place called “Snot hole”, on the edge of a quarry, a new life begins for four young refugee men. Having a long escape behind them, they try to get back on their feet. Above all, they are searching for contact with women, encounters, love and sex. They find themselves in a different culture and faced with unexpected conflicts. In the film, these young men trace their paths through this new reality and thus are confronted with themselves, their masculinity and their sexuality. PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Distant Lights GmbH, Zurich www.distantlights.ch

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I DON’T FORCE YOU TO HUG ME

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 96 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Arabic, Dari, Turkish, Farsi PRODUCER: Kaspar Kasics

MAJA TSCHUMI * 1983. Maja Tschumi studied Philosophy and German Philology at the University of Zurich. During her studies, she worked as theatre critic, author of theatre plays and in 2012 was Assistant Dramatic Advisor at Theater Basel. She directed the short docu­ men­taries THE WITCHER (2016) and REGIMES (2019). Since 2017 she has been pursuing a Master’s in documentary directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. She lives and works in Zurich, Cologne and Berlin.


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LILA RIBI * 1979. Lila Ribi graduated from École d’Arts appliqués Vevey in 2004, Bern Uni­-­ versity of the Arts in Fine Arts in 2006, and in 2009 from ECAL in directing. Her short film SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE (2009) premiered at Visions du Réel and won the Grand prix du Jury at FRONTDOC. LE TÉMÉRAIRE (2009) premiered at Locarno Film Festival, and her first fea­ture documentary SILENT RE­­VOLUTION (2016) premiered at Visions du Réel in Nyon.

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 88 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / SRF PRODUCERS: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler

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What happens after death? For ten years, Lila Ribi filmed her 93-year-old grandmother Greti until her death. She always has the same answer to Lila’s question: There is nothing. The filmmaker wants to know more and sets out on a journey to find other possible perspectives.

WORLD RIGHTS: maximage, Zurich www.maximage.ch

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Based on Patricia Highsmith’s personal writings and accounts of her family and lovers, the film casts new light on the famous thriller writer’s life and oeuvre, permeated by themes of love and its defining influence on identity.

WORLD RIGHTS: Ensemble Film GmbH, Zurich www.ensemblefilm.ch

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LOVING HIGHSMITH

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary, 95 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French, German PRODUCTION: Ensemble Film GmbH, Zurich /  Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Cologne / ZDF /  ARTE / RSI / SRF SWISS PRODUCERS: Franziska Sonder, Maurizius Staerkle Drux

EVA VITIJA * 1973. Eva Vitija studied screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). She has written for cinema and television, including the screenplays of MEIER, MARILYN, MADLY IN LOVE and LITTLE PARADISE. Her first feature-length documentary MY LIFE AS A FILM (2015) was nominated for the Swiss Film Award and a prize of the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles. The film garnered various awards, among them the Prix de Soleure.


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RAPHAËL DUBACH * 1992. Raphaël Dubach is a director, cinematographer, camera assistant and colorist. He has a Bachelor in Cinema from ECAL. MATEO YBARRA * 1992. Mateo Ybarra works as a director and producer. He studied at the University of the Arts in London and graduated from Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève). LUX is their first feature film, winner of the SRG SSR award in Locarno 2020 (The Films After Tomorrow section).

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 72 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCERS: Raphaël Dubach, Mateo Ybarra

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In early fall 2019, Geneva faces an unprecedented security crisis: the imminent attack by an anti-capitalist terrorist group known as the Global Liberation Front. The Swiss army is immediately called upon to assist the police force in containing the threat. Such is the extraordinary log line of LUX, the huge Swiss army simulation exercise. Ten days where 1,500 soldiers took part in a life-size game to tackle a fictitious threat.

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Jeunes Sauvages, Geneva jeunessauvages@protonmail. com

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directed by Sandra Gysi, Ahmed Abdel Mohsen

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Railway stations are like islands, suspended between space and time. In the heat of Cairo, keeping calm helps, in Zurich, air conditioning or dancing. In both places, people are passionately living out their lives at the train station, their little cosmos. Episode by episode, the film consolidates into the collective rhythm of everyday life, uncovering stories from two countries whose shared poetry develops into universal human energy.

WORLD RIGHTS: RECK Filmproduktion, Zurich www.reckfilm.ch

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MAHATAH – SIDE STORIES FROM MAIN STATIONS

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 79 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Arabic SCREENPLAY: Sandra Gysi PRODUCTION: RECK Filmproduktion, Zurich /  Recycled TV AG, Bern PRODUCER: Franziska Reck

SANDRA GYSI * 1969. Sandra Gysi has a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology and Film Studies from the University of Zurich. She directs and produces documentaries and fiction films.

AHMED ABDEL MOHSEN * 1974. Ahmed Abdel Mohsen studied Media Sciences and Journalism in Egypt and Film at F + F Schule für Kunst und Design Zurich. He directs and produces documentaries and fiction films.


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written & directed by Nitin Bathla, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

KLEARJOS EDUARDO PAPANICOLAOU * 1989 in Mexico City. He has a filmmaking diploma from the European Film College in Denmark. Based in Zurich, he teaches filmmaking to architecture students at the ETHZ.

SWITZERLAND Documentary, 67 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Hindi PRODUCERS: Nitin Bathla, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Nitin Bathla, Zurich bathla@arch.ethz.ch Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou, Zurich papanicolaou@arch.ethz.ch

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NITIN BATHLA * 1986 in India. The architect, artist, and educator currently pursues Doctoral Studies at the Swiss Federal Insititute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). His films focus on labor mi­gration, land ecology, community art and social design projects.

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The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) builds twenty-three kilometres of highway every day. This unpre­ cedented steamrolling of urban land corridors creates conflicts with communities, society and the environment. This film captures these conflicts through encounters with human and non-human actors entangled with the road construction.


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ERHEBE DICH, DU SCHÖNE

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Nardos, an Azmari singer from Addis Ababa, dreams of telling stories about the lives of ordinary people through her music. In her search of stories for her songs, she meets Gennet, a poet who lives on the streets with her children. As Nardos puts the lives of Ethiopian women, their visions and power at the centre of her creation, we dive deeper and deeper into a rapidly changing country.

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WORLD SALES: Deckert Distribution, Leipzig www.deckert-distribution.com

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary, 120 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Amharic PRODUCTION: FAMA FILM AG, Zurich /  Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH, Berlin / SRF / ZDF /  3sat SWISS PRODUCER: Rolf Schmid

HEIDI SPECOGNA * 1959. Heidi Specogna graduated from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in 1988. She is known for her award-winning documentaries TANIA LA GUERRILLERA (1991), TUPAMAROS (1997), THE SHORT LIFE OF JOSÉ ANTONIO GUTIERREZ (2006) and CARTE BLANCHE (2011). Her last film CAHIER AFRICAN (2016) won Best Documentary at the Swiss Film Awards 2017 as well as at the German Film Awards. In 2019 she was honoured with the Konrad-Wolf-Prize of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.


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LUKA POPADIĆ * 1980. Luka Popadić’s films are as varied and surprising as his biography. The Swiss with Serbian roots returned to his parents’ home country in 2009, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Film Directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in 2014. As an assistant director he worked in Chicago and Berlin before directing his own films. After several awardwinning short films, SWISS CITIZEN SOLDIERS is his first documentary feature.

SWITZERLAND / SERBIA Documentary, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French PRODUCTION: Beauvoir Films, Geneva /  Mouton – Non-Aligned Films, Belgrad / SRF / RTS SWISS PRODUCERS: Adrian Blaser, Aline Schmid

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Saad, Thruben and Andrija are Swiss citizens and therefore subject to military service. Like thousands of other Swiss fellows, they spend four weeks every year practising the defence of their country. They are often called “secondos”, children of migrants. The film provides a long overdue cinematic insight into the Swiss army and brings the concepts of homeland and integration up to date.

WORLD RIGHTS: Beauvoir Films, Geneva www.beauvoirfilms.ch

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L’ART DU SILENCE

written & directed by Maurizius Staerkle Drux

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The first feature documentary about the legendary pantomime Marcel Marceau. He inspires several generations of artists, among them his grandson and family, who cast a new light on his life’s work. As a child, Marceau experiences the execution of his Jewish father by the nazis. A trauma that motivates him to join the French resistance and spurs his deep conviction in the art of silence.

WORLD RIGHTS: Beauvoir Films, Geneva www.beauvoirfilms.ch

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THE ART OF SILENCE

SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary, 85 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, English, French PRODUCTION: Beauvoir Films, Geneva /  Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Cologne / ZDF / ARTE / SRF / RTS SWISS PRODUCER: Aline Schmid

MAURIZIUS STAERKLE DRUX * 1988 in Germany. Maurizius Staerkle Drux studied film directing at Zurich Univer­sity of Arts (ZHdK). His debut film CONCRETE LOVE – THE BÖHM FAMILY (2014) screened around the globe, won several awards and was one of the five most successful documentary films in Germany in 2015. He works as sound designer and documentary filmmaker between Cologne and Zurich.


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written & directed by Mohammed Soudani

SWITZERLAND /  COTE D’IVOIRE / FRANCE Documentary, 90 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, French, Portuguese PRODUCTION: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa / RSI / SRG SSR /  Nikady’s Production, Abidjan /  TV5 monde SWISS PRODUCERS: Tiziana Soudani, Amel Soudani, Michela Pini

WORLD RIGHTS: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa www.amka.ch

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MOHAMMED SOUDANI * 1949 in Algeria. Mohammed Soudani is an acclaimed Swiss-Algerian filmmaker. He emigrated to the Ticino in southern Switzerland over thirty years ago. Very sensitive to the African situation and relations with Europe, he won the 1998 Swiss Film Award for the Best Fiction Film WAALO FENDO. He currently teaches audiovisual at University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and at the International Academy of Audiovisual Sciences (CISA) in Lugano.

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A trip that to seven African countries to meet powerful women determined to do everything possible to offer a better future to the African people. These women explain how they think they are working to save the continent, which must resolutely embrace integration into the world economy because the years of totalitarian male rule of Africa have been catastrophic. A film that will make us understand that the future of Africa belongs to women.


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I’M A BAD GIRL

LES NOUVELLES ÈVES

by Kaspar Kasics, director of BLUE END and YES NO MAYBE

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SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich /  Distant Lights GmbH, Zurich WORLD RIGHTS: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich www.dvfilm.ch

by Annie Gisler, Anna Thommen, Thaïs Odermatt, Wendy Pillonel, Jela Hasler, Camille Budin

SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Emilia Productions GmbH, Zurich www.emiliaproductions.com

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ONCE WE WERE PITMEN

OUR MONEY

(working title) by Christian Johannes Koch, Jonas Matauchek SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Documentary PRODUCTION: Catpics AG, Zurich / Elemag Pictures, Leipzig WORLD RIGHTS: Catpics AG, Zurich www.catpics.ch

(working title) by Hercli Bundi, director of EISENBERGER and THE HOUSE IN THE PARK

SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Mira Film, Zurich www.mirafilm.ch

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SPRING 2022

RED

THE DRIVEN ONES

by Mara Manzolini, Andrea Pellerani, Elodie Dermange SWITZERLAND Anidoc PRODUCTION: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa /  Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RSI WORLD RIGHTS: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa www.amka.ch

by Piet Baumgartner

SWITZERLAND Documentary PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Catpics AG, Zurich www.catpics.ch


Supporting the theatrical release and distribution via online platforms of Swiss films worldwide. Its aim is to strengthen the visibility and the distribution of Swiss films abroad. The subsidies are granted according to the “Guidelines Funding for the distribution of Swiss films and coproductions in foreign countries”.

For more information please consult our website www.swissfilms.ch A support measure by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), administrated by SWISS FILMS. www.bak.admin.ch

WHAT’S NEW IN 2021 – Funding for releases worldwide – Funding for cinema and / or VOD releases – Increase of maximum support per film release – Applications for individual as well as slate funding – No fixed submission deadlines Applications must be submitted by the distributor via the Swiss producer.

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Contact : support@swissfilms.ch

SUPPORT MEASURES

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT

FILM SALES SUPPORT

A scheme by the European Film Promotion (EFP) for the promotion of European films outside of Europe. FSS OPEN CALL : Available to European and Swiss sales companies selling Swiss films at selected festivals and markets through digital promotion campaigns. READY-TO-USE DIGITAL PROMOTION CAMPAIGNS :  This scheme encourages the creation of innovative universal digital promotion strategies (B2B / B2C) by European sales com­panies. Applications must be submitted online by the European sales company.

A support measure by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), Media Desk Suisse and SWISS FILMS. Guidelines and application :  www.efp-online.com/en/project_market/fss.php


SWISS FILMS SUPPORT DURING CORONA

METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR

FINANCIAL AID AND SUPPORT MEASURES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Contact: support@swissfilms.ch

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT for applicants (distributors and rights holders) with European and non-European distribution support

IF THE THEATRICAL RELEASE IS POSTPONED: – International distributors who have received a funding agreement from the Federal Office of Culture and who had confirmed the theatrical release may request the first instalment against proof of the distribution costs planned or already incurred within the scope of their application. IF THE THEATRICAL RELEASE IS CANCELLED: – International distributors for whom the theatrical release had to be completed or terminated prematurely can request the second instalment upon receipt of an interim invoice for services already rendered.

FILM SALES SUPPORT (FSS) for applicants (sales)

IF THE MARKET IS POSTPONED OR CANCELLED: – Costs incurred will be paid out against receipt and within the scope of the funding agreed upon. FOR DIGITAL MARKETS: – Applications for support can be submitted within the scope of FSS. The share of costs is based on the regular FSS conditions. – Additional applications for digital online campaigning may be submitted. SWISS FILMS follows the recommendations and guidelines of the European Film Promotion EFP. SWISS FILMS would like to point out that VOD Support is an alternative distribution tool for promoting Swiss films on VOD platforms.


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