Film Archive

Appunti del passaggio

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Italy,
Switzerland
2016
44 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maria Iorio, Le Souvenir du Présent
Maria Iorio, Raphaël Cuomo
Alessandra Eramo
Gilles Aubry
“I have no visual memory. I remember emotions.” In their remarkably artistically dense documentary Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo combine various statements of contemporary witnesses into the personal report of an Italian who entered Switzerland in 1965 as a migrant labourer. At the core of this representative of many economic refugees from Southern Europe of the time lies the feeling that she is an “outlaw working body”. She feels humiliated and controlled by procedures at the “border health check”, by massive underpay, dangerous working conditions, psychological pressure in the factory and openly expressed, wounding resentment against the foreigners.

The film is a collage of memories given a voice by a female narrator and kept deliberately vague on the visual level. Vague, but extremely effective and openly sceptical about the reality promised by visual evidence. Besides distorted details and negatives of a few surviving photos it’s the restful contemporary video recordings, for example of an abandoned building with all the traces of use, which offer a suitable poetic space to the narrator’s audio report and a voice performance.

André Eckardt
International Competition Short Film (from 2015) 2016
Bei Wind und Wetter Remo Scherrer

Details emerge from a storm of images, reduced to black and white, silhouettes only: a Ferris wheel turning mechanically, children playing ball, one of whom standing a little way off, a knife suitable for slitting one’s wrist.

Bei Wind und Wetter

Animadoc
Switzerland
2015
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carola Kutzner
Remo Scherrer
Rahel Zimmermann
Remo Scherrer
Remo Scherrer, Martin Hofer, Yael Schärer, Lorenz Wunderle, Lea Stirnimann, Lisa Leudolph
Remo Scherrer
Moritz Flachsmann, Thomas Gassmann, Guido Keller
Details emerge from a storm of images, reduced to black and white, silhouettes only: a Ferris wheel turning mechanically, children playing ball, one of whom standing a little way off, a knife suitable for slitting one’s wrist. They are part of the nightmares of an eight-year-old girl whose mother is an alcoholic. Off screen the girl, now grown up, talks about powerlessness, shame and the long silence.

Cornelia Klauß



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Documentary 2016

Cahier Africain

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2016
119 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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PS Film GmbH, Filmpunkt GmbH
Heidi Specogna
Peter Scherer
Johann Feindt
Kaya Inan
Heidi Specogna
Karsten Höfer, Thomas Lüdemann, Florian Hoffmann, Andreas Turnwald
A film carried by the sad beauty of its images and the deep personal empathy the director feels with her protagonists’ fates. During a research trip to the Central African Republic Heidi Specogna comes across an exercise book. Its contents: photos and statements of 300 women who were raped by Congolese rebels in 2002 – a homemade piece of evidence that forms the starting point of this seven year observation.

In a spectacular operation the book, now the centre of the film, finds its way to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The women’s paths are different. Specogna follows Amzine, a young Muslim, and her 12-year-old daughter Fane, and Arlette, a Christian girl whose knee was shot to pieces by the rebels. The originally planned project to follow the woman on their difficult path back to a kind of normal life is changed when Islamic and Christian militias reappear out of thin air across the country, looting and killing. Once more Amzine, Fane and Arlette, who had just worked their way towards a bit of stability and safety, are forced to flee. As a viewer one must be prepared for this film which offers no comfort, only the women’s incredible will to survive in the face of the fragility of their existence.

Matthias Heeder



Silver Dove International Competition 2016, Prize of the Interreligious Jury 2016;
Nominated for Goethe-Institute Documentary Film Prize 2016

Digital Immigrants

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2016
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, SRF
Norbert Kottmann, Dennis Stauffer
Bänz Isler
Dennis Stauffer
Norbert Kottmann
Norbert Kottmann, Dennis Stauffer
Norbert Kottmann
If you want to belong nowadays you must know how to work the Internet. Digital natives vs. digital immigrants. A group of senior citizens attending a computer course and struggling with the log-in function. Don’t laugh! Their problems today are our problems tomorrow. Comfort comes in the form of archive material about the history of the personal computer, whose triumphant entrance into private households fittingly began in 1984.

Cornelia Klauß

Fortgang

Animadoc
Switzerland
2016
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Gerd Gockell
Otto Alder
Georg Bleikolm
Otto Alder
Adrian Flury
Adrian Flury
Otto Alder
Thomas Gassmann
What’s left are images, ordered by memory. A home, the cat, friends – Otto Alder’s restless photo animation balances openly and honestly on the border between what was real and what was also meaningful. Photos are caught in twitching loops like struggling insects in the spider web of recall. A brief poetic respite and then the unabashed run-up to the emotional finish.

André Eckardt
Doc Alliance Selection 2016
Fragment 53 Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli

Former warlords talk about their actions in the Liberian civil war. Extremely intense, meticulously researched and formally austere study of violence and brutality.

Fragment 53

Documentary Film
Italy,
Switzerland
2015
71 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Tommaso Bertani, Federica Schiavo
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Extremly condensed, meticulously researched and journalistic study of Liberia’s recent history. Seven former warlords of different ranks talk in interviews about cruelties they committed on their own or following orders during the first Liberian civil war in the early 1990s. Memories of brutal orgies of violence are recited with almost bureaucratic precision, interrupted only by precisely framed shots of the beautiful landscape in which – as we gradually realise – the now invisible horror took place.

Lina Dinkla

Hypertrain

Animated Film
Switzerland
2016
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jürgen Haas
Etienne Kompis, Fela Bellotto
Janos Mijnssen
Etienne Kompis, Fela Bellotto
Etienne Kompis, Fela Bellotto
Loïc Kreyden, Christof Steinmann
Hunting for the guinea pig of quantum mechanics, “Hypertrain” translates the synchronicity of different states into a strict graphic concept full of surprising turns. Black defines white and vice versa. Etienne Kompis and Fela Bellotto have given Mr. Schrödinger’s elusive cat a strikingly modern and seductively pop-style home.

André Eckardt


Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
International Programme 2016
Immersion Lalita Brunner

An indoor pool means fun in the water. But only after one has undressed, and this is where things get complicated. In the end Tommy is gliding through the water – which comes as a surprise.

Immersion

Animated Film
Switzerland
2016
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jürgen Haas
Lalita Brunner
Moritz Widrig
Lalita Brunner
Lalita Brunner
Lalita Brunner
Thomas Gassmann, Hannes Oehen, Markus Graf
An indoor pool means fun in the water. But only after one has undressed, and this is where things get complicated. In the end Tommy is gliding through the water – which comes as a surprise. In contrasting colours, sophisticated split screens and geometric plays of forms Lalita Brunner finds an astonishing design language that allows her to delve deep into Tommy’s physical being.

André Eckardt


Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
Disobedient Images 2016
Ivan’s Need Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter

Hmmmm! Ivan in claymation ecstasy! Drawn dough was never so sensual, elastic, endless and appetising!

Ivan’s Need

Animated Film
Switzerland
2015
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Gerd Gockell, Jürgen Haas (Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst)
Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter
Christian Fischer, Michiko Hanawa
Lukas Suter
Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter
Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter
Christian Fischer, Michiko Hanawa
Hmmmm! Ivan in claymation ecstasy! Drawn dough was never so sensual, elastic, endless and appetising!

Ines Seifert

Looking Like My Mother

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2016
78 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler
Dominique Margot
Peter Bräker
Simon Guy Fässler
Christof Schertenleib
Susanne Hofer
Dominique Margot
Peter Bräker, Jacques Kieffer
The filmmaker is driven to this project by the fear of not only looking like her mother but having the same disease – full of hopes of finding the cause of the defect. What can be explained can also be prevented, or at least controlled. But depression is like a demon that slowly takes possession of a person. When Dominique Margot was a child the heralds and signs of panic and paranoia made no sense. So she began to assemble these elements of lunacy into a fantasy world in which her mother became the queen of the ghosts.

The director juxtaposes the seriousness of her subject with the lightness of her film. In this road movie back into the past and herself she eagerly experiments with mixing re-enacted scenes and surreal moments with interviews. Her escape routes lead to punk, distant lands and the cinema. Makes no difference, there’s no escape from one’s family. What is an accepted diagnosis today was rarely recognised then, in the 1970s. Her mother came from a mountain farming village where melancholia was always simply believed to be run in the family.

Cornelia Klauß

The Lives of Mecca

Documentary Film
Italy,
Switzerland
2015
54 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Nicola Genni, Domenico Lucchini, Enrica Viola
Stefano Etter
Mariangela Marletta
Amos Pellegrinelli
Nick Bedo
This Mecca is in the West, on Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn. This is the place to which the maestros of pleasurable idling have for years made their pilgrimage to indulge in a shared passion: American handball. The men, most of them freaks of rather advanced age, take turns as players or spectators. In one scene two protagonists are arguing about the right title for the film they are part of. It should be about handball, says the first, who takes the game seriously and believes that its spirit is sacred. The second wants it to be about the fauna of characters that grows like weed around the game: the lives of Mecca.

That’s Patrick, the second one, something of a serene pantheist philosopher. Sometimes he dictates the music that booms from an old ghetto blaster, and he serves as the therapist to this friendly little spot, seconded by the boasters and the taciturn ones, children and old people, the perturbed and the unperturbed. Each of them is a gifted performer of their own story/ies. What this is really about: the diversity of the margins. The chaos of everyday life. The full energy of the sport. And the total relaxedness of this neighbourly get-together.

Ralph Eue