Switzerland

Séverine Cornamusaz – Cyanure AKA Cyanide (2013)

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Recently released from prison, Joe meets his son Achille for the first time; an explosive encounter for both the gangster and the adolescent. Achille, who lives alone with his mother and dreams of reconciling his parents will discover the real nature of his long time idolized father. Will this vulnerable man with his turbulent history be able to keep the promise he gave to his son, namely never again to be separated from him? Read More »

Pipilotti Rist – Pepperminta (2009)

Pepperminta is an anarchist of the imagination. She lives in a futuristic rainbow villa and according to her own rules. Colors are the young woman’s best friends and strawberries are her pets. She knows the most amazing remedies to free people of their fears. Pepperminta’s wish is for everyone to see the world in her favorite colors. Werwen , a young plump and shy man yet whose sex appeal Pepperminta finds highly attractive, and the beautiful Edna, who talks to tulips, join her on her passionate mission. These three musketeers of a different kind set out to fight for a more humane world. Wherever the gang appears, everything is turned upside down and people’s lives are transformed in the most miraculous and wondrous of ways. Read More »

Séverine Cornamusaz – Coeur animal (2009)

Paul and Rosine live deep and isolated in the craggy, breathtaking Swiss Alps where they have a small dairy farm. The day-to-day work attendant on this rustic if somewhat modernized two-person operation is punishing and relentless. Life is made no easier by the fact that Paul is an emotionally stunted brute. While treating his cows as tenderly as a family pet, he bullies Rosine mercilessly, both physically and verbally. She finds a few moments of pleasure when left alone to milk the cows or shimmy to the radio while making goat cheese—reveries more often than not interrupted by Paul’s crude appetites. Read More »

Rolando Colla – Giochi d’estate AKA Summer Games (2011)


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The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic’s parents remain trapped in a precarious mutual dependency despite repeated attempts at reconciliation, their 12-year-old son tries to come to terms with his father’s traumatizing violent outbursts in games with other children. He tries to teach Marie, who is of his age and suffers from her own relationship with her father, to feel nothing. In fact, both of them are transformed by their experience of the joys and pains of first love. A film about the first steps towards a life of one’s own. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Le livre d’image AKA The Image Book (2018)



Do you still remember how, long ago, we trained our thoughts? Most often we’d start from a dream. We wondered how, in total darkness, colours of such intensity could emerge within us. In a soft, low voice. Saying great things. Surprising, deep and accurate matters. Image and words. Like a bad dream written on a stormy night. Under western eyes. The lost paradises. War is here. Read More »

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

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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.
Those Who Are Fine records from a distance the havoc Alice causes in Zurich. At the same time, mainly using intelligent observations and absurdist dialogues in his debut, Cyril Schäublin also sketches an ironic portrait of today’s Swiss society in which everyone is glued to their smartphone, strangers are asked if they can set up a wifi hotspot and identity fraud has become child’s play, thanks to social media. Read More »

Sergei Eisenstein & Grigory Alexandrov – Frauennot – Frauenglück AKA Misery and Fortune of Woman (1929)

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This short film shows the contrast between the good conditions in which a rich woman makes a abortion and the miserable and dangerous condition in which a poor woman has to do an abortion. Read More »