Swiss Film Award

Winner - Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Film Score 2022
Papa Moll
Manuel Flurin Hendry
Switzerland
87′
Mr. Moll is home alone with his kids over the weekend, and mayhem ensues. While Moll is working overtime at the chocolate factory the kids get into a feud with the nasty boys next door - a fight about cotton candy, homework and the most famous circus dog in the world.
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Nominated - Best Actor, Best Film Editing 2018
Las Toreras
Jackie Brutsche
Switzerland
100′
Despite a difficult childhood, Jackie has found happiness as an artist. When the dark past catches up with her, she sets out with her artistic character Jack Torera to unravel her mentally ill mother's unhappiness, which inspired her art but divided her families in Switzerland and Spain. A film about reconciliation and the courage and strength to confront family taboos.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2024
The Driven Ones
Piet Baumgartner
Switzerland
93′
They are the world’s next CEOs: students of the Master's programme "Strategy and International Management" at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). Those who succeed here are practically already part of the future business elite – like Feifei, Sara, Tobias, Frederic and David. Over the course of seven years, the documentary accompanies the five young men and women, who come from very different countries, from their studies to the first years of their careers. They have different backgrounds, dreams and values. But they all have the same goal: professional success as quickly as possible. The five, who are disarmingly outspoken, are willing to make sacrifices, to subordinate their personal lives to professional advancement. They experience exhilarating triumphs as well as bitter defeats – and repeatedly question many things. Our economy is closely linked to politics, international corporations influence our consumption and our behavior. Decisions made by CEOs shape our society; they influence how we live, how we work and also which regions of the world benefit economically and which do not. Who makes it to the top? What values do these people represent? And are they aware of their social responsibility? Director Piet Baumgartner starts with these questions and delves deep into the world of CEOs and consultants. His documentary captivates with strong images, is excellently made, insightful and nuanced.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2024
Starting May 28th 2024
Die goldenen Jahre
Barbara Kulcsar
Switzerland
92′
Newly retired, Alice and her husband Peter are ready to finally enjoy their life as pensioners. But their pent-up marital problems bubble to the surface on a cruise trip through the Mediterranean. The spouses end up going on separate journeys of self-discovery, both finding unexpected ways of how to spend their golden years.
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Nominated - Best Supporting Actor 2023
Caged Birds - Stürm: Bis wir tot sind oder frei
Oliver Rihs
Switzerland
119′
Barbara Hug (Marie Leuenberger) is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzerland’s antiquated prison system in the 1980s. Walter Stürm (Joel Basman) is a charmer and chancer. Taunting the establishment with his outrageous thefts and media savvy he’s in and often escaping out of jail and becomes known as the Jailbreak King. When the two meet an unlikely alliance is formed.
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Nominated - Best Actor, Best Actress 2022
Das Fräulein (2006)
Andrea Štaka
Switzerland
77′
Ruza (Mirjana Karanović) left Serbia, her country, over thirty years ago and lives in Zurich. Her daily life is a string of repetitive moments until, one day, Ana (Marija Škaričić) arrives on the scene and upsets Ruza's painstakingly organized world. A subtle friendship develops between the two strongwilled women.
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Winner - Best Screenplay 2007
A Jew Must Die
Jacob Berger
Switzerland
71′
A film based on Jacques Chessex' novel of the same title; featuring André Wilms as Chessex and Bruno Ganz as Arthur Bloch, Swiss Jew killed by Swiss Nazis.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2017
Winner - Best Feature Film 2007
Love Will Come Later
Julia Furer
Switzerland
81′
Inside Marrakech’s bustling Medina, Samir is looking for love and a brighter future. But his summer flings all come to a bitter end at the airport and he is left behind in a country with limited possibilities. When Samir really falls in love, he is faced with a major decision: Should he listen to his sisters and agree to an arranged marriage in Morocco? Or should he follow his love and his dream of a brighter future in Europe?
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Winner - Best Graduation Film 2022
Baghdad in My Shadow
Samir Jamal Aldin
Switzerland
104′
A failed author, a wife in hiding, a clandestine gay IT-specialist meet in an Iraqi café in London. Incited by a radical Sheik, the author's nephew attacks them and turns their lives upside down.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2020
Unrueh
Cyril Schäublin
Switzerland
93′
New technologies are transforming a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Josephine, a young factory worker, produces the unrest wheel, swinging in the heart of the mechanical watch. Exposed to new ways of organizing money, time and labour, she gets involved with the local movement of the anarchist watchmakers, where she meets Russian traveller Pyotr Kropotkin.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2023
Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2014
Accordion Tribe (2004)
Stefan Schwietert
Switzerland
92′
Five highly original musicians from different countries form the Accordion Tribe. Together they aim to reinforce the original power of the long disdained instrument. The film follows the energetic soundscapes and their performers on a journey through Europe. An extraordinarily intensive documentary on the communicative, connecting power of music.
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Winner - Best Documentary Film 2005
Olga
Elie Grappe
Switzerland
86′
Exiled in Switzerland, Olga, 15, is a talented Ukrainian gymnast. Like all athletes at the top of their game, she dreams of Olympic gold. She tries her best to fit into her new national team but, as the European Championship draws near, the revolution in Kiev shakes her world and tests her will.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2022
Loving Highsmith
Eva Vitija
Switzerland
84′
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s personal writings and accounts of her family and lovers, the film casts new light on the famous thriller writer’s life and oeuvre, permeated by themes of love and its defining influence on identity.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2023
with bonus
Wet Sand
Elene Naveriani
Georgia
115′
A village on the Georgian Black Sea is full of friendly people convinced they know each other. One day, Eliko is found hanged. His granddaughter Moe comes to organize his funeral. She is confronted with a web of lies and the tragic consequences of Eliko’s hidden love life with Amnon, which lasted 22 years. The truth however frees Moe’s capability to love and forces the villagers to take a stand.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2022
Utopia Blues (2001)
Stefan Haupt
Switzerland
99′
The story of Rafael, a fun-loving youth on the verge of manhood who is trying to make his dream of total freedom become reality. Determined to conquer the world with his Utopia Blues Band at any cost, Rafael's philosophy is that “life is a game”. But the game unexpectedly becomes bitter earnest. How much freedom is permitted?
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2002
Winner - Best Feature Film 2000
My Name is Bach (2004)
Dominique de Rivaz
Switzerland
99′
In May 1747, the aging Johann Sebastian Bach (Vadim Glowna) meets the young King Frederick II of Prussia (Jürgen Vogel) in Potsdam. For one week, these two titans of the Baroque era play out a father-and-son relationship that is sometimes painful, yet often humorous. A battle of giants that provokes joyful chaos, both among the Bach clan as well as in the royal palace.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2004
My Wonderful Wanda
Bettina Oberli
Switzerland
111′
The Polish woman Wanda, 35, looks after Joseph, 70, in his family villa by the lake. She is there for him around the clock and also helps his wife Elsa, 75. The youngest son Gregi, 28, likes her very much. The work is poorly paid, but Wanda needs the money for her own family in Poland. Since everyone lives under one roof, Wanda gets an intimate view of their family life. So intimate that Wanda unexpectedly becomes pregnant.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2021
The End of Time
Peter Mettler
Switzerland
114′
Peter Mettler's film essay explores our perceptions and mental representations of time. This visual reflection on the origins, the conditions and the effects of our existence aims to give a vivid impression of how we experience our present moment and of how each of us impacts the future.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2013
Do it (2000)
Sabine Gisiger and Marcel Zwingli
Switzerland
97′
Daniele von Arb was 16 years old in 1970 when he and his friends founded the revolutionary cell in Zurich later listed by the U.S. secret service CIA in its chart on international terrorism under the code name “Annebäbi”. Today he is a fortune-teller and future consultant. A hurtling journey through the armed struggle of the 1970s, entry into the cosmos of spirituality and finally, in 1989, a first class ticket to freedom.
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Winner - Best Documentary Film 2001
Winner - Best Feature Film 2014
Nominated - Best Feature Film 2015
Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2015
The Divine Order
Petra Volpe
Switzerland
96′
971: Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2017
The Circle
Stefan Haupt
Switzerland
102′
Zurich, 1958. The bashful teacher Ernst Ostertag and the German cabaret artist Röbi Rapp get to know one another in the Swiss underground organisation called “Der Kreis.” As the two dissimilar men defend their love, they witness the heyday and decline of this Europe-wide pioneering organisation for gay emancipation.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2015
Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2016
Köpek
Esen Isik
Switzerland
98′
An ordinary day in the megacity of Istanbul: Ten-year-old Cemo sells paper tissues in the streets, Hayat is controlled by her husband and transsexual Ebru sells her body. All three have a secret love and they do everything to satisfy their longing, if only for a moment. An authentic, delicate and unsettling story about love, death and the Turkish society at the beginning of the 21st century.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2016
My Life as a Zucchini - German Version
Claude Barras
Switzerland
63′
After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2017
My Life as a Zucchini - German Version
Claude Barras
Switzerland
63′
After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2017
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser
Niklaus Hilber
Switzerland
142′
1984: Searching for an experience beyond modern civilisation, Bruno Manser travels into the jungles of Borneo and finds the nomadic Penan tribe. When the existence of the Penan is threatened by relentless deforestation, Manser takes up the fight against logging with a courage and determination that makes him one of the most renowned and credible environmentalists of his time. Based on a true story.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2020
Avant la fin de l'été
Maryam Goormaghtigh
France
80′
After five years studying in Paris, Arash has not adjusted to life there and has decided to return to Iran to live. Hoping to change his mind, his two friends Hossein and Ashkan convince him to take a last trip through France.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2018
Facing Mecca
Jan-Eric Mack
Switzerland
27′
Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer.
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Winner - Best Short Film 2018
Les Dames
Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond
Switzerland
81′
They are single, widowed or divorced; they have had children, husbands, work; they have a life behind them, but also one to come… The film reveals the intimate lives of five women in their sixties who are waging a discreet daily battle against solitude. One fills her time with activities, another is recovering from the loss of her husband, others find sustenance in nature. And love? They still believe in it, of course.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2019
Nominated - Best Feature Film 2019
Chris the Swiss
Anja Kofmel
Switzerland
90′
Croatia, January 1992. In the midst of the Yugoslav Wars, Chris, a young Swiss journalist is found dead in mysterious circumstances. He was wearing the uniform of an international mercenary group. Anja Kofmel was his cousin. As a little girl, she used to admire this handsome young man; now a grown-up woman, she decides to investigate his story, trying to understand what really was the involvement of Chris in the conflict
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Winner - Best Documentary Film 2019
Where We Belong
Jacqueline Zünd
Switzerland
78′
Parents split up, a family falls apart. Two separate worlds emerge from what once was considered a unity. In constant transition, children now live between two homes. WHERE WE BELONG approaches their reality and focuses on how fragile children are, but also how brave, smart and funny they respond to their situation.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2020
Madame
Stéphane Riethauser
Switzerland
93′
A double self-portrait in which a 90-year-old grandmother and her homosexual grandson confide in each other. With sincerity and humour, the film deconstructs gender stereotypes in depth and with subversive power and traces a family saga from bourgeois society with enchanting archive footage.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2020
Nominated - Best Feature Film 2020
Nemesis
Thomas Imbach
Switzerland
131′
The film explores the destruction of a unique train station in Zurich and the construction of the new prison and police centre in its place. From the perspective of the filmmaker’s window, and with testimony from prisoners awaiting deportation, the film probes how we deal with the extinction of history and its replacement with total security.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2021
Wake Up on Mars
Dea Gjinovci
Switzerland
74′
A Roma boy living in Sweden dreams of building a spaceship to escape the reality of his family's pending asylum request, and the mysterious coma-like illness that has befallen his siblings.
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Nominated - Best Documentary Film 2022
Platzspitzbaby
Pierre Monnard
Switzerland
100′
Spring 1995 – after the closure of the Needle Park and the public drug scene in Zurich, eleven-year-old Mia and her heroin addicted mother Sandrine are relocated to the countryside. While caring for her mother, Mia spends time with her imaginary friend and a gang of local teenage misfits. These friendships finally give her the strength to rebel and break free from her abusive mother.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2021
Azor
Andreas Fontana
Switzerland
100′
Yvan De Wiel, a private banker from Geneva, is going to Argentina in the midst of a dictatorship to replace his partner, the object of the most worrying rumors, who disappeared overnight. Between hushed lounges, swimming pools, and gardens under surveillance, a remote duel takes place between two bankers who, despite different methods, are the accomplices of a discreet and merciless form of colonization.
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Nominated - Best Feature Film 2022
The Little Bedroom
Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond
Switzerland
87′
A story about a heart - Edmond's heart, which is no longer very strong. But it beats persistently for independence. A nursing home or home care is out of the question. This extends to Rose, who is sent to him as a home care worker. Yet the young woman defies him. One day, a serious fall forces Edmond to accept Rose's help - and an unusual friendship develops.
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Winner - Best Feature Film 2011