Switzerland

Alain Tanner – Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l’an 2000 AKA Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

The third collaboration between the Swiss director Tanner and the English writer John Berger follows a group of young people in Geneva who are searching for new directions in their lives after the failure of the revolutionary hopes of the 1960s. A former labor activist takes a job as a gardener and handyman with some free-spirited farmers, setting up a school in a greenhouse for the neighborhood kids, while his wife continues to work in a factory. A disillusioned radical turns to gambling, while having interesting conversations with his girlfriend, an adventurous student of Tantrism. A history teacher uses radical methods in the classroom to foster socialist ideas in his students. He hooks up with a grocery store cashier who undercharges poor people and steals food from the store to help her aging friend, a veteran of the Resistance. Read More »

University of Art and Design Lausanne – Jean-Luc Godard Instagram Live (2020)

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Jean-Luc Godard full (98 min) Instagram Live 2020-04-07.

Legendary Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard discussing the topic of «images in times of Coronavirus» with Lionel Baier – Head of ECAL Cinema Department. Read More »

Valérien Schmidely & Hans Trommer – Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe (1941)

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While there is now at least a little bit of recognition for the early German and Austrian sound film, the same cannot be said for films from Switzerland. Although Switzerland never had a big film industry, especially not at that time, I assume there might be some real gems to discover, if this film here is any indication. Read More »

Maximilian Schell – Erste Liebe (1970)

Based on Ivan Turgeyev’s novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the girl (Dominique Sanda as Sanaida) falls in love with the boy’s father (Maximilian Schell). This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970’s Academy Awards. Written
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Frédéric Mermoud – Moka (2016)

A grieving woman pursues a couple whom she suspects of killing her son in a hit-and-run.
Equipped with a few items of clothing, a little bit of money, and a weapon, Diane Kramer leaves for Evian. She has a sole obsession: to find the driver of the moka-colored Mercedes who ran over her son and turned her life upside down. But the path of truth has more bends than it appears. Diane discovers that she must confront another woman, both endearing and mysterious.

A lightly Hitchcock-like atmosphere, where fear and guilt take new forms. Read More »

Alain Tanner – La Salamandre (1971)

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‘Two men, arty though somewhat staid, are drawn to the spirited and quixotic Rosemonde, a young working-class woman whom they meet because they’re writing a teleplay about a minor but curious event in which either her uncle was wounded while cleaning his rifle or she shot him. Pierre is a free-lance journalist hired to write the script; he’s short of time so he asks a Bohemian novelist friend, Paul, to help. Pierre wants facts and tracks down Rosemonde for interviews that lead to other explorations; Paul only wants to imagine her and needs little more than her name to do so. But he does meet her, and she entangles him, too. Did she cause the shooting? Is she venomous or innocent?’ Read More »

Katalin Gödrös – Songs of Love and Hate (2010)

Songs of Love and Hate is a sinister drama about the power that children have over their parents – and the power of parents over their children. A universal story about temptation, lying, persuasion and truth. Read More »