Switzerland

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)

Synopsis:
‘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 »

Cyril Schäublin – Dene wos guet geit AKA Those Who Are Fine (2017)

In a suburb of Zurich, Alice is working at a call centre and very successful at selling internet subscriptions and insurance. She also uses her powers of persuasion to criminal ends: she cajoles and robs solitary grandmothers by telling them she is their granddaughter and urgently needs money. In no time she makes herself a small fortune but, without knowing it, her actions influence the lives of countless local people, from bank staff and police officers to unsuspecting passers-by. Read More »

Patricia Moraz – Les indiens sont encore loin (1977)

“Jenny (Isabelle Huppert) is a disconnected 16-year old schoolgirl who is so taken with a story of Native Americans coming to take someone into their tribe that she wanders out into the snow in search of them and dies. Was it an accident, or suicide? This drama explores the last week of Jenny’s life in order to find out the answer.” Read More »

Nicolas Humbert – Wild Plants (2016)

Synopsis
People’s associations with flora goes back a long way, taking us back to our own roots as well as to new ways of life and creative potential that reveal themselves as we deal with plants. ‘Wild Plants’ is a film that follows these clues and takes us to urban gardens in Detroit, to Native American philosopher Milo Yellow Hair in Wounded Knee, to the wild plantations of Zurich’s legendary ‘Guerilla Gardener’ Maurice Maggi, and to the innovative horticulture cooperative ‘Les Jardins de Cocagne’ in Geneva. Read More »

Daniel Schmid – La Paloma (1974)

Quote:
When you play with clichés, you have to be very careful that they don’t backfire; the little things have a way of maiming almost everything around them.

Daniel Schmid’s “La Paloma” — which was shown last night and to be repeated tonight at the New York Film Festival — is intentionally crammed with cultural chestnuts, and also makes a heavy pass at the plots of “Camille” and “La Traviata.” Kitsch and camp collide in this storm of pity and terror and wonder, which seethes with boundless love, burning glances, and unfathomable revenge. Read More »