Jaberg and Hofmann’s film takes us on a cinematic journey through the life and work of Daniel Schmid, one of the most unusual artists within Swiss film. Born into a hotelier family of the 1940s in the village of Flims, surrounded by snow covered mountains, visited by exotic guests from around the world, Daniel Schmid always was a dreamer. The young filmmakers offer a mysterious kaleidoscope of people and places related to the director. Even as a child, Daniel Schmid knew that there was a hidden world, caught between reality and imagination.
The gray rock of Mount Flimserstein. The luminous rectangle of a screen in an old Paris cinema. The glittering skyscapers of Tokyo. «Daniel Schmid – Le chat qui pense» is a cinematic journey comprising a rich array of images and memories marking an outstanding career. The first feature-length film by Pascal Hofmann and Benny Jaberg documents the eventful life and cineastic legacy of an exceptional Swiss director of both films and operas. It spans his formative childhood in a Belle Epoque hotel in the Grisons mountains, and follows his escape from the peaceful Alps to turbulent 1960s Berlin, his love for the cinema, and his encounters with Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It delves into the worldly nightlife of 1970s Paris, and shows Schmid filming on location in Morocco, Portugal, and his native Grisons. «Daniel Schmid – Le chat qui pense» traces the eventful life of a gifted artist. It is a film about arriving, time and again, and about taking leave, for ever.
«Daniel Schmid – Le chat qui pense» lets us hear several of his loyal companions comment on this exceptional artist, among others his muse Ingrid Caven, his cameraman Renato Berta, and close friends like director Werner Schroeter, actress Bulle Ogier, and film scholar Shiguéhiko Hasumi. And we hear Daniel Schmid himself – in a cinematic exploration of his life and work carried by his own voice and view of the world. A world situated between reality and fiction.
«In describing someone else, you are in fact describing yourself … rather than this stranger, because it is your projection; in actual fact, this says more about you than about this other person, who has long departed (…).» Daniel Schmid
Daniel Schmid was born to a family of hotel proprietors on 26th December 1941 in the small Grisons town of Flims. From 1962, he studied history and literature at the Free University Berlin. From 1967 to 1969, he attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and worked together with Peter Lilienthal, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Werner Schroeter. During this period (1971-1980), he also worked as an actor. From 1970 to 2004, Schmid made 15 films, and from 1984 he directed seven operas at the Zurich Opera House and the Grand Théâtre Geneva. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Leopord at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Due to ill health, he was forced to discontinue shooting his last film PORTOVERO. Daniel Schmid died of cancer in August 2006.
1.38GB | 1h 23mn | 720×400 | mkv
Language:German, French, Swiss German, Japanese
Subtitles:English, French, German, Italian Subs