Film Archive

Balloon Birds

Animated Film
Switzerland
2014
1 minute
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Nicolas Burlet, Marjolaine Perreten
Marjolaine Perreten
Marjolaine Perreten
Marjolaine Perreten
Marjolaine Perreten
Marjolaine Perreten
The (very) short story of two balloon birds, meeting each other for the first time, until another comes …
German Competition 2014
Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie Maurizius Staerkle-Drux

Gottfried Böhm is “the boss”, the patriarch of an architects’ dynasty. But his wife’s death rocks the family’s very foundations. The meticulous exploration of a universe.

Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2014
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Lisa Blatter
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Jonas Buehler
Raphael Beinder
Anika Simon
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Gottfried Böhm is one of the most important contemporary German architects. His fame is based on the creation of sculptural buildings of concrete, steel and glass, some of which are counted among the architectural icons of the 20th century. As the son of Dominikus Böhm, he is the patriarch of a dynasty of architects to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul Böhm have also belonged for a long time. 94 years old today, he still works daily on the development and construction designs of his office. When Gottfried Böhm’s wife Elisabeth, also an architect and the major source of inspiration for all four Böhms, died a few years ago, the family was robbed of its emotional centre.
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux investigates the Böhms’s various architectural universes with admirable visual sensitivity and at the same time traces the subtle differences between his protagonists’ image and self perception. The title of his film may be taken literally: it’s about the architecture of a family first and foremost, the portrait of a well-known family of architects later.

Ralph Eue



Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize 2014

Ephemeral

Animated Film
Switzerland
2013
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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François Chalet
Sophie Haller
Sophie Haller
Carlos Ibañez Diaz
Solitude and pain, passion and love, breaking and rebuilding, life itself, all things change and go by, they are: ephemeral.

Impostor

Animated Film
France,
Switzerland
2013
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Claude Barras
Elie Chapuis
Yan Volsy
David Toutevoix
Marina Rosset
Kim Keukeleire, Violaine Picaut
Elie Chapuis, Veronica Da Costa
Yan Volsy
A human-shaped deer tries to steal a man's identity by taking his head off. In the end the woman has to decide which of them is the real man.
International Programme 2014
Master and Vassal Michele Cirigliano

A bar in southern Italy, a group of grumpy old men, lots of beer and a card game with mysterious rules. The sociogram of an ancient world in crisis, hilarious and affectionate.

Master and Vassal

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2014
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Philippe Favre, Hercli Bundi
Michele Cirigliano
Peter Bräker
Aurelio Buchwalder
Anja Bombelli
Roberto Leuzinger
A return to the village where you grew up. The memory of how you used to stand as a little boy at the men’s table in a small, dingy bar in Southern Italy, watching with equal terror and fascination how those rough old geezers passed the time playing a mysterious game of cards, bad-mouthing each other and getting systematically drunk on beer. Or, in other words: some were allowed to drink and belonged, others were forced to stay sober and were the sad losers. That was (and is) part of the hard (or impossible) to understand rules of the game that was (and is) called “Padrone et sotto”.
Thirty years later everything has changed – and yet is still the same somehow. Time has swept through the place, the big ideas of Europe and global networking have spread. But what may have been called antiquated in the past (with all advantages and disadvantages) is now called disadvantaged.
At first glance, Michele Cirigliano’s film shows the joy of being together among friends. In fact, he looks at an insular patriarchal society that can only perform its own rituals playfully, but with the utmost seriousness, today, and creates a fascinating sociogram that explores asynchronicity and universal mechanisms of power.
Ralph Eue
International Programme 2014
Meteoritenfischen Evelyn Buri, Nina Christen

She catches meteorites for her light tower. He suddenly appears in her life and muddles things up. If they want to have a future together, both of them must take a decision.

Meteoritenfischen

Animated Film
Switzerland
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst
Evelyn Buri, Nina Christen
Raphael Ochsenbein
Evelyn Buri, Nina Christen
Evelyn Buri, Nina Christen
Evelyn Buri, Nina Christen, Justine Klaiber
Evelyn Buri, Nina Christen
Raphael Ochsenbein
She catches meteorites for her light tower. He suddenly appears in her life and muddles things up. If they want to have a future together, both of them must take a decision.

The Shelter

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2014
101 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Fernand Melgar
Fernand Melgar
Fernand Melgar
Karine Sudan
Elise Shubs
Every winter evening tumultuous scenes take place in front of the bunker: the employees of the municipal doss house may let in precisely 50 homeless people – the number is raised only in exceptional cases. A crucial test for both sides, for those who were rejected will find hardly any spots in the spanking clean Swiss city of Lausanne where they can spend the night without trouble with the police and protected from the cold.
Fernand Melgar reports a new kind of poverty that hits not only Romanian Roma families, but also the former middle classes and African migrants from the crisis-shaken parts of Europe. And he relates how the rich part of Europe deals with it. He keeps filming the routines in the shelter and offices over the course of a season. He follows those who were rejected into the night and stays with them as they – in our midst, but practically invisible – pass their days in the streets and public institutions. He watches them keep up appearances while their lives collapse. But he also shows how social workers daily try to fight the misery and only manage to administer it, while their humanity quite often brings them into conflict with their regulations or their boss.
By highlighting all sides, Melgar delivers more than a social study. It’s the nightmarish analysis of a system that can’t be repaired by merciful donations.
Grit Lemke
International Programme 2014
Timber Nils Hedinger

A group of logs is about to freeze to death in a cold, icy desert. When they realise that the only fuel for a warming fire is their own body, things start heating up.

Timber

Animated Film
Switzerland
2014
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lina Geissmann
Nils Hedinger
Tobi Diggelmann
Mischa Hedinger
Nils Hedinger
Nils Hedinger
Thomas Gassmann
A group of logs is about to freeze to death in a cold, icy desert. When they realise that the only fuel for a warming fire is their own body, things start heating up.

Ulrich Seidl und die bösen Buben

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany,
Switzerland
2014
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Johannes Rosenberger, Christian Beetz, Werner Schweizer
Constantin Wulff
Johannes Hammel
Dieter Pichler
A portrait of director Ulrich Seidl, who tends to be labelled a maniac and social pornographer (and more besides) and whom everybody thinks they know before they’ve even seen a single one of his films. Constantin Wulff gives us a first glimpse of the Austrian filmmaker at work. The much-discussed “Seidl method” is directly and vividly demonstrated here – and you can’t help but be amazed, because this method seems to be so different from what one had imagined.
Seidl is one thing first and foremost: a highly focused and precise visual worker. Patiently Wulff observes the director during the shooting of his new film “In the Basement” and during rehearsals for his theatre production “Bad Boys/Hideous Men”. Combining these with extensive interviews and excerpts of former films, this portrait reveals a complex and exceptional artist.
What it also shows: how much Seidl’s whole creative work is a quest in which he is guided by real circumstances as well as by his own visions and demons.
Ralph Eue