Film Archive

Greater Than

Animated Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Roland Fischer
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Verena Marisa
Sebastian Hühnel
Kate Haase
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Lukas Fuchs
You take a risk when you leave your sheltering cocoon to step into the glaring light of the outside world. Especially when this world is made of long, stele-like white forms which move in unpredictable ways and threaten to grasp you. Herma meets a far bigger creature that speaks her language here. Each of them manages to climb a stele. Can their peculiar dialogue be continued despite the distance? A stylised puppet animation about self-liberation and its limits.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme 2017
Köhlernächte Robert Müller

With a mimetic interest in the temporalities of the traditional craft of the Entlebucher charcoal burners, Robert Müller shows us how charcoal is made. A work of archaic beauty.

Köhlernächte

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2017
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carola Kutzner
Robert Müller
Fritz Hauser
Pio Corradi, Luzius Wespe, Robert Müller
Kathrin Plüss, Mirella Nüesch
Robert Müller
Guido Keller, Thomas Gassmann, Simon Graf, Salome Wüllner
Fränz Röösli keeps cursing out loud. The fire has eaten a hole in his charcoal kiln, it’s the middle of the night and he is trying to contain the damage, making the embers, smoke and fire glow, smoke and burn as they should with a few stabs of his stick. Fränz Röösli is a master of fire, a vanquisher of fire – almost the only expressions that will do justice to the archaic beauty of his trade. The only commercially operated charcoal kilns in Western Europe today are found in Entlebuch in the canton of Lucerne. It takes about five weeks until a kiln is stacked and burnt and the charcoal is shovelled into bags and loaded on trucks to be sold.

With a mimetic interest in the temporalities and rhythms, the cyclical work processes and eternally repeated movements of the charcoal burning trade, Swiss director Robert Müller shows us how wood is transformed into charcoal – step by step, layer by layer, shovelful by shovelful, curse by curse. Having watched this film it’s easy to understand why this remote craft has no recruitment problems.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award