Film Archive

Late Harvest 2018
#Female Pleasure Barbara Miller

Misogyny is structurally inscribed in the cultural cores of all social systems in the world. “#Female Pleasure” exposes these cores, lucidly and from a global perspective.

#Female Pleasure

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
97 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Philip Delaquis, Arek Gielnik
Barbara Miller
Peter Scherer
Anne Misselwitz, Gabriela Betschart, Akiba Jiro
Isabel Meier
Barbara Miller
Tom Weber
Women are subordinate to men. They are born sinful and have no legal claim to their own body. Misogyny is more than a phenomenon observed across continental divides all over the world and in some cases the cause of abuse and crime. It is structurally inscribed – literally – into the core of all social systems founded on religious beliefs. In the bible, for example, we read: “I find woman more bitter than Death […] The man who is pleasing to God eludes her.”

In this lucid film, which takes a global perspective, five female protagonists talk about misogynistic behaviour they experienced, hostilities they were exposed to, crimes committed against them. Rokudenashiko, a Japanese artist, is on trial for the obscenity of her art. Deborah Feldman escaped with her son from a Hassidic community in Brooklyn, leaving her husband to whom she was forcibly married. Leyla Hussein, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav talk about rape and mutilation, lack of legal protection, homophobia, shame and the strange feeling that one’s sexuality and body are associated with sin from birth.

Lukas Stern



Awarded with the Special Prize of the Interreligious Jury

All Inclusive

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Stella Händler
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Heidi Happy
Nikola Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Robert Büchel
In times of terror and blue algae, cruises have replaced the holiday resorts in Antalya and the Costa Brava as the perfect travel destination for package tourists. The ships move across the global seas like floating cities and the never-ending spectacle aboard makes shore excursions almost redundant. Once you’re immersed in the structure of forced pleasures you can have ceaseless fun with aerobics, dancing competitions and captain’s dinners. At least while your money holds out.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Film; Swiss Film Prize Best Short Film 2019

Architektur der Unendlichkeit

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler
Christoph Schaub
Jojo Mayer
Ramon Giger
Marina Wernli
William Crook
Christoph Schaub, Samuel Ammann
Jan Illing, Jacques Kieffer, Reto Stamm
In Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi describes a continuous cycle of becoming and passing away. Temporality and age are inherent in every object and creature and, depending on one’s outlook, may transcend to infinity. How can this be imagined? What goes beyond it? The filmmaker Christoph Schaub starts his very personal journey through time and space in his childhood, when his fascination with sacred buildings began – and his wonder at beginnings and ends.

Architecture helps separate the finite and the infinite. It offers protection from what is boundless, at the same time creating a sense of vastness, the narrator claims. Together with architects and artists he explores the magic of sacred spaces, defined here as far more than church buildings. The artist James Turrell, known, among other things, for his “Skyspaces”, reflects on who owns spirituality – fundamental for this film which follows “spiritual life” in architecture and the fine arts, but also in nature, and literally lifts it over and above the limits of thinking. A slightly floating camera immerses us in other-worldly, somnambulistic images, takes us on a sensual and sensing journey through vast spaces, and guides our eye towards the infinity of the starry sky and the depths of the ocean. Past and present, primeval times and light years, it’s all there.

Annina Wettstein
International Programme 2018
Bay of Plenty Milva Stutz

Yellow, living mass meets on a platform in the ocean. Its primary and secondary sexual characteristics turn out to be transformative. A strange erotic game begins.

Bay of Plenty

Animated Film
Switzerland
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Milva Stutz
Milva Stutz
Lucia Cadotsch, Ludwig Wandinger
Milva Stutz, David Schlatter
Milva Stutz, David Schlatter
Milva Stutz
Lucia Cadotsch, Ludwig Wandinger
The tiny island in the ocean becomes a meeting place for two strange yellow figures. They shake their bums and stretch their breasts, sexual characteristics shift, dissolve, re-grow. A continuous transformation that also seems to produce new creatures. Suddenly all are in an ecstasy of love, cuddling and sucking a variety of protuberances, a great amalgamation seems imminent. Equally sexy and bizarre.

Carolin Weidner

Chris the Swiss

Documentary Film
Croatia,
Finland,
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Samir (Dschoint Ventschr), Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film), Heino Deckert (Ma.ja.de.), Iikka Vehkalahti (IV Films Ltd / p.s.72 productions)
Anja Kofmel
Marcel Vaid
Simon Guy Fässler
Stefan Kälin
Simon Eltz
Anja Kofmel
Daniel Hobi, Marco Teufen, Hrvoje Petek
Christian Würtenberg died in Croatia in 1992. Even though the young Swiss had come as a journalist, he was wearing the uniform of an international militia that fought on the Croatian side in the civil war. Why he took up arms has long remained a mystery. His cousin, the filmmaker Anja Kofmel, has confronted the question.

She interviews companions, complementing the documentary footage with dark, pared-down animated sequences which form the film’s narrative structure. Diving deeply into the political turmoil, the film portrays Chris’s path towards joining a group of nationalist mercenaries supported by Opus Dei. A politically explosive film even today, a visually impressive thriller that shows how quickly a person’s attitude can be devastated by war.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the MDR Film Prize; Swiss Film Award 2019: Best Documentary, Best Score, Best Editing

Denoise

360°-Film
Italy,
Switzerland,
USA
2017
15 minutes

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Federico Biasin
Giorgio Ferrero, Federico Biasin
Giorgio Ferrero, Rodolfo Mongitore
Fabrizio Cyreck, Giorgio Ferrero, Federico Biasin
Filippo Vallegra
Giorgio Ferrero, Rodolfo Mongitore
Giorgio Ferrero
A Texas oil field, the engine room of an ocean freighter, an anechoic room, a waste incineration plant – contrasting sceneries that are connected by the protagonists of this 360° collage film. They lead lonely lives, far removed from our own lifestyle. The quiet of the free field chamber clashes with the roaring of the engine room, but ultimately it’s all one.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann
German Competition 2018
Der Esel hieß Geronimo Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin

The island was a shared dream that failed. Now all its former inhabitants are bobbing up and down in the harbour on their little boats, mourning, scolding, analysing mistakes.

Der Esel hieß Geronimo

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Arjun Talwar (Lo-Fi Films)
Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin
Arjun Talwar
Bigna Tomschin
Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin
Franek Kosłowski
“An island always has two sides. One is summer, the other is winter,” a man called Rüdiger says. A fact that makes life on the island more difficult, because farming and surviving are much harder in winter. Other obstacles of living together: the famous “island rage” which is probably found all over the world in every latitude and longitude.

The residents of Store Okseø in the Baltic Sea managed to withstand all this adversity for more than ten years. Then they quarrelled and left the island, almost all of them with a broken heart. Nobody got over this place and what happened there. The island is a subject of conversation, a niggling gap, a throbbing wound. There seems to have been a donkey called Geronimo there, but also countless varieties of roses, coffee and beer for all visitors, music, events, a shared dream. A fixed point in the ocean. Without it, the sailors would have lost their ground, a friend believes. And it’s true, they are all lying at anchor in their small boats now, rocking, drinking, scolding and spying on each other, and thinking.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

International Programme 2018
Eisenberger – Kunst muss schön sein, sagt der Frosch zur Fliege Hercli Bundi

The Austrian artist Christian Eisenberger has produced around 45,000 artworks so far. A body of work that constitutes a challenge for the artworld.

Eisenberger – Kunst muss schön sein, sagt der Frosch zur Fliege

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
94 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Peter Zwierko
Hercli Bundi
Daniel Almada
Adrian Stähli, Aurelio Buchwalder, Christian Eisenberger, Hercli Bundi
Nela Märki
Hercli Bundi
Patrick Becker, Matthias Hefel, Hercli Bundi
“Art is just a social pretext,” says Austrian artist Christian Eisenberger while showing the filmmaker Hercli Bundi his latest series of pictures which is based on porn film sequences. That’s part of the “big circus of humanity,” he says he told an outraged friend.

A look into Eisenberger’s studio shows a – to the beholder – hopelessly tangled pile of works in different stages. The carton figures he started with “were for many years just thrown away.” Today Eisenberger is glad when he can send a bunch of artworks off to his gallerist and make room in his studio. His oeuvre is estimated to comprise around 45,000 works. Eisenberger acknowledges the artworld with its galleries, fairs and museums with a shrug, but also with a certain talent for self-marketing. As long as he can continue, whether at the studio or in an enamel factory. “Do not put your hands into the machine while it is operating!” a yellowed sign on his workshop wall says. That probably goes for the artist, too.

Fabian Tietke
International Programme 2018
Immer und Ewig Fanny Bräuning

A couple, both in their late sixties, who travel through Europe in a caravan refurbished as a mobile nursing home room. Director Fanny Bräuning has devoted a deeply intimate film to her parents.

Immer und Ewig

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Thomas Thümena
Fanny Bräuning
Olivia Pedroli
Pierre Mennel
Catrin Vogt
Fanny Bräuning
Patrick Becker, Jean-Pierre Gerth
“Only” a love story. “Only” a film about attachment, entwinement, reliability, trust. A couple, both in their late 60s, who travel Europe in a caravan refurbished as a mobile nursing room despite the fact that the woman has MS. He, a former photographer who gave up his job because it was incompatible with taking care of his wife. She, a former painter and graphic designer who returned to life from a coma, albeit paralysed from the neck down.

Her face is radiant as she talks about how much she loves looking out of the window on their drives, even if there’s nothing but the highway outside. He demonstrates with restrained admiration for the technical innovations how the built-in hospital bed can be adjusted to several sleeping positions. Dreamy pragmatism, compatible with daily life – everything, always, regardless. Director Fanny Bräuning has dedicated a deeply intimate film to her parents. In conversations with them she tells the story of a love that weathered all crises.

Fabian Tietke

Krähen schiessen

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2018
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Christine Hürzeler
Christine Hürzeler
John Gürtler
Tom Gibbons, Tobias Dengler, Christine Hürzeler
Jann Anderegg, Christine Hürzeler
Christine Hürzeler
Jonathan Schorr
A deceptively quiet park in the mist. Mysterious things are happening: a woman disappears, trees fall as if struck by a sudden weakness, and shots ring out. Surveillance cameras observe crows from unfamiliar perspectives. They are the protagonists here – it’s a well-known fact that they are among the most intelligent birds. The camera in their territory: is it a friend or an enemy? A commotion ensues, the crows move to attack. Or are we just imagining all this?

Annina Wettstein
Kids DOK 2018
Miles Away Barbara Brunner

A maple seed is slowly falling into the sandbox, right into Miles’s bucket. What if it grew into a tree?

Miles Away

Animated Film
Switzerland
2018
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Barbara Brunner, Franziska Meyer (Brunner&Meyer)
Barbara Brunner
Kaspar König, Martin Waespe
Barbara Brunner
Franziska Meyer, Justine Klaiber, Barbara Brunner, Nils Hedinger
Barbara Brunner
Franziska Feucht
A maple seed is slowly falling into the sandbox, right into Miles’s bucket. What if it grew into a tree? The little boy dreams up a great adventure at the fair for himself and his new leafy friend. And Barbara Brunner dreams up a multi-coloured world for the unusual companions, complete with bumper cars, Ferris wheel and rollercoaster.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Putin’s Witnesses

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Latvia,
Switzerland
2018
107 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Natalya Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Vitaly Mansky
Kārlis Auzāns
Gunta Ikere
Vitaly Mansky
Anrijs Krenbergs
“The state is like a garden,” says Putin’s old form teacher’s husband, “you have to destroy the weed so that something worthwhile grows.” “We’ll do just that,” the lifetime president-to-be answers almost shyly and leaves his teacher’s flat, which he visited to shoot an advertising clip directed by Vitaly Mansky who, as the country’s leading documentary filmmaker, was allowed to follow and record the campaign. After 18 years of concrete rule by the little man with the strong hands, the long-emigrated director looks back at the fateful year of 2000 and reviews his footage. What he discovers is breathtaking and has the emotionalising power of an almost intimate home video. The Mansky family already dread the new Mao while Yeltsin’s clan is jubilant at first and ex-Tsar Boris even sees his successor Vladimir as the guarantee of real media freedom –later he disgustedly calls the pivotal turn-back “krasnenko” (reddish). Putin himself talks about reasons of state and an autocratic life which he intends to avoid at all costs. Finally, the question whether it was right to reanimate the old Soviet hymn with quasi new lyrics becomes a bone of contention in the duel Putin vs. Mansky. The sad conclusion is that nobody was just a “witness”. Everybody played a part in the many compromises made in hopes of a “better life.”

Barbara Wurm
Kids DOK 2018
Roar Owley Samter, Ramón Arango

Thanks to his long neck, Diplodocus can reach even the highest leaves. He’s chewing away peacefully – after all, nobody disturbs him up there!

Roar

Animated Film
Switzerland
2017
1 minute
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ramón Arango, Owley Samter (Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst)
Owley Samter, Ramón Arango
Jan Willem de With
Thomas Gassmann, Benjamin Lüthold
Thanks to his long neck, Diplodocus can reach even the highest leaves. He’s chewing away peacefully – after all, nobody disturbs him up there! It’s too bad, though, that a few naughty little dinosaurs with sharp teeth are not impressed by his size and challenge him over his lunch. A trick is needed so that the tall Diplodocus can resume his peaceful chomping.

Marie-Thérèse Antony
Kids DOK 2018
Sunday Fanny Dreyer, Gaël Kyriakidis

The personified weekdays are a well-oiled team: people are handed over from one day to the next and do their jobs. Only when Dimanche comes do they get some rest.

Sunday

Animated Film
Switzerland
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Sam Guillaume, Fred Guillaume
Fanny Dreyer, Gaël Kyriakidis
Gaël Kyriakidis
Sam Guillaume
Jeanne Boukraa, Camille Müller, Jérémie Dupraz
Fanny Dreyer, Gaël Kyriakidis
Florian Pittet
The personified weekdays are a well-oiled team: people are handed over from one day to the next and do their jobs. Only when Dimanche comes do they get some rest, before the weekly ballet starts again. But what happens if the order is disturbed? This short film invites us to discover what wonders can await us beyond the monotony.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

The Apollo of Gaza

Documentary Film
Canada,
Switzerland
2018
78 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Philippe Coeytaux, Colette Loumède
Nicolas Wadimoff
Claude Fradette
Franck Rabel
Christine Hoffet
Nicolas Wadimoff, Béatrice Guelpa
Carlos Ibañez Diaz
In August 2013, a more than 2,000 year old bronze statue of Apollo turned up in Gaza. A Palestinian fisherman is said to have discovered the 750 kg statue on the ocean floor and, with a lot of effort, recovered it. Photos showing the well-preserved, greenishly shimmering god of light, the arts, medicine and oracles lying on a cloth with a Smurf pattern began to circulate. Though only a few saw the “Apollo of Gaza” with their own eyes, it instantly became an object of mercantile and geopolitical interests and speculations. There were offers and bids, negotiations with museums, suspicions and wild rumours. Then the statue suddenly disappeared, seized by the Hamas government – that’s what people say before they add that they’re not at liberty to discuss the matter.

“The Apollo of Gaza” traces the story of a spectacular find of, if nothing else, some symbolic political weight in a mixture of mystery and investigative research. What’s left at the end are the hopes of a region marked by war and blockades that expects the beautiful bronze god to enable them to reconnect with a buried cultural past.

Esther Buss