We present 50 films from the Locarno Filmfestival, including the gripping feature film DURAK, which received a standing ovation in 2014, and the Silver Leopard for the actor Artiom Bystrow. The latter plays a good man who fights against time as a plumber in a musty system: a residential building might be going to collapse. Breathtaking.
Early August, time for bonfires and the Locarno Film Festival. The latter cannot really take place this year - still we are offering you a selection of 50 films that have been shown there, including Fredi Murer's masterly feature film "Höhenfeuer", which won the golden Leopard 35 years ago and has topped all the top lists of Swiss film for years. Still and always again worth seeing.
New York before, a colourful story in black and white, taken from the middle of everyday life. The fast, funny and always surprising film by Noah Baumbach is like the life of its main character Frances (Greta Gerwig): constantly in flux and full of surprising twists and turns.
Summer time, holiday time, swimming, seaside. This year, we cannot travel far, still stays at holiday destinations are similar anywhere. Jasmila Žbanić shows us this with a twinkle in her entertaining triangular story "Love Island": filmed on the Dalmatian coast, premiered on the Piazza Grande of Locarno. Tati sends his greetings as well as the Scorpions do with "Wind of Change".
Living with plants means living with nature. Nicolas Humbert has visited people around the globe who love wild plants and cherish their treasures, as does the cook in Zurich who goes out at night to collect seeds, scatter them and green the city anarchically.
Who wouldn't like that at the moment: A memory for the future and thus to know how the current situation will continue. With Otto Bloom, the Australian Cris Jones has created a character who experiences time in reverse. Just as we don't know what is coming, he doesn't know what has been, in return he has the future already behind him. A stimulating love story that makes us think about what time is.
She just finished a new film and directed an opera. Due to the virus, both are waiting for their premiere. For filmingo she has made a selection of favourite films of hers. For the start of the summer, we recommend Bettina Oberli's last feature film, a love story set in the Jura. It's about the longing for nature and the fact that human knowledge is also making progress.
A Separation (2011)
Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. She has already made all the necessary arrangements. Nader, however, is having second thoughts. He is worried about leaving behind his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For this reason he decides to call off the trip altogether. As a result of Nader’s decision, Simin decides to sue for divorce at the family court. When her request is rejected, however, she refuses to live with Nader, moving instead into her parents’ home. Termeh decides to stay with her father, hoping that her mother will soon come back to live with them.Nader finds it difficult to cope with the new situation - not least because it turns out to be so time-consuming. And so he hires a young woman named Razieh to look after his father. This young woman is pregnant and has accepted the job without her husband’s knowledge. One day, Nader arrives home to find that not only has his father been left alone, he has also been tied to a table! When Razieh returns, a blazing row ensues, the tragic consequences of which not only shatter Nader’s life, but also the image his daughter Termeh has of her father.
What we like to call truth is based on our perception, which is characterized by our own history and imperfection. Asghar Farhadi, with his gripping family drama, shows this so brilliantly that we feel like we are ourselves in the middle of it all and have to revise what we have just perceived as true. Golden and Silver Bears in Berlin, Oscar in LA.
"What is happening in this country?" asks author James Baldwin (1924-87) in 1968. When you watch the film about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, edited with archive material and a lucid text by Baldwin, you feel as if you are in the present. "History is not the past, it is the present," Baldwin says. Is there a film that brings more precisely to the point what it's all about today? Don't miss this movie!
This week the cinemas are finally reopening. Let's take a look at one of the most beautiful declarations of love to the cinema, which Ettore Scola has shot in the eternal cinema city of Rome with Stefania Sandrelli, Nino Manfredi and Vittorio Gassman. This is a triple love film, a nostalgic trip to Italy, rapture and dream diving in one.
Life should become more relaxed again, and eating out is part of this. Join us on a culinary journey to Singapore, where in the feature film "Ramen Shop" the young cook Masato shows us that a lovingly cooked soup is more than the sum of its ingredients.
The 73rd Cannes Film Festival would be in full swing this week. Twice it could not take place for budget reasons, on May 68 it had to be cancelled due to protests, and now a virus is paralysing the annual summit of the film world. We look back and offer 53 award-winning films from 63 years. For example "Eternity and one Day" by Theo Angelopoulos, the 2012 Golden Palm.
The 73rd Cannes Film Festival would be in full swing this week. Twice it could not take place for budget reasons, on May 68 it had to be cancelled due to protests, and now a virus is paralysing the annual summit of the film world. We look back and offer 53 award-winning films from 63 years. For example "Amour", the 2012 Golden Palm.
Last week the liberation of Europe was celebrated, this week the Cannes Festival should have started. A great film in our selection, awarded at the Croisette in 1982, tells how an italian village experienced the end of fascism and how important it is to live in peace. Looking around the world, it seems more important than ever. A film to see and marvel at.
India's star Irrfan Kahn died last week. In homage to him we suggest two films: "Qissa" on the one hand and "The Lunchbox" on the other. A sensual comedy about eating from a box, which is missing in the home office.
The word «Aviv» means spring. We all feel it somehow and despite everything. So why not relax with a comedy that lets us swing between reality and fantasy? Here the emergence of a popular soap and there life with its pitfalls. Finally it's amusing to see how the one influences the other - even the everyday life of love.
The art of Markus Raetz seems light as a feather and tenderly exhilarating. One looks and is amazed and enraptured, wondering what your own eyes will conjure up with his help. Iwan Schumacher captures this in his portrait in such a moving way that you never want to stop looking and marvelling and you realize: perception is half of life. Thank you, Markus Raetz.
Un amor (2012)
Does love at first sight exist? This may certainly be the case, but sometimes you need time to be sure of this love. This film describes such a story about getting to know somebody and falling in love as a teenager, and about meeting again many years later. It begins in the 70s, in the summer in a small town by the river. Bruno and Lalo are teenagers and good friends. They hang around together in the heat, until one rainy day Lisa turns up, a beautiful young woman who capriciously and quick-wittedly turns the heads of both boys - and then decides on one of them. Three decades later she is back again and finds the friends from her youth living in differing situations. "I am single now", she says, but I can't get the picture of the three of us out of my head. No, she is certainly no longer the same Lisa for both men as she was back then.
The pictures and memories that one had of one another, are these still any use in the present? What was it like back then, this love? What did we want, what happened to us? They ponder these questions in front of the camera, giving voice to their memories. How does a love story and history fit together? Can you carry on where you left off three decades ago? These and other questions are pondered by this film about making friends and falling in love as a teenager, and of meeting again many years later. The wonderfully easy-going triangle of their adolescence can probably not be revived. But what about unique and true love from back then? Paula Hernández’ film is also an experiment about how feelings are linked to the spirit of the time the ups and downs of life, in which light, air and sun play a not insignificant role. An intensive, thoughtful, atmospherically very emotionally intoned film about love and about time, which gives this love a new dimension.
"A love for life" is the title of the novella on the basis of which Argentinean filmmaker Paula Hernández enchants us. Lisa returns after 30 years to the place of her two teenage love affairs, in which she turned Lalo and Bruno's heads. The past becomes present in a story in which we can find ourselves again, wherever we are in life.
They say we should stay home for Easter too. And that makes sense. In the meantime, we can take off with Jule and her old campervan 303 and drive to Spain. On the way, Jan joins her and we experience a fine, witty and entertaining approach between the two of them. What counts more than love?
On April 1st Toshiro Mifune would celebrate his 100th birthday. He was the star of Akira Kurosawa, who himself would have turned 110 on March 23. Let's celebrate, enjoy our beautiful selection of films from the magnificent duo and start with this dazzling thriller in the style of Film Noir, with the young Mifune as an inexperienced cop.
What is beeing happy in life? Fernando Pérez has sent three characters in Cuba to search their happiness. His film made Swiss climber Daniel Anker so happy that he named a new route on the north face of the Eiger in 1999 after the film.
The moment we've been dreading has arrived: the cinemas had to close their doors. We are honouring our neighbours in Italy with this cheerful road movie of a touching female friendship full of energy. We all need it at this strange moment. Greetings from Thelma and Luise.
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Ilona Koponen (Kati Outinen), a head waitress at Dubrovnik restaurant, is married to Lauri (Kari Väänänen), a tram driver. The couple live in a small, modestly furnished apartment in Helsinki. As they both come home from work late one night, Lauri surprises Ilona with a new television which he purchased on store credit. There is a short discussion between the two regarding their ability to meet their financial obligations but they agree that the TV payments are manageable. Next day, as Lauri gets to work, he learns that the company will be laying off several workers due to non-profitability of certain tram routes and he is randomly chosen as one of the workers to be laid off. The day after Lauri has finished working his last scheduled shift Ilona is informed by the owner of Dubrovnik that the restaurant is being sold to a chain restaurant company and all the employees will be let go since the new company will be bringing in its own employees. Both of them set out looking for work immediately but with discouraging results. Lauri gets offered a job as a bus driver but is unable to pass the medical exam and subsequently loses his professional driver's licence. Ilona gets a job at a rundown bar/restaurant which doesn't even have a name and is owned by a tax evading crook. After 6 weeks of working there, the restaurant gets shut down by the state and Ilona does not get paid by the dishonest owner.
During their search for meaningful employment, both Lauri and Ilona enter bouts of heavy-drinking, all the while running into their former co-workers who are dealing with similar difficulties. At one point, the two even sell their car and take the money to a casino in hopes of doubling the money but they, however, end up losing it all. Most of their furniture as well as the new TV that Lauri bought is repossessed by the creditors.
One day, Ilona accidentally runs into Mrs Sjöholm (Elina Salo), her former boss. Sjöholm suggests that Ilona should open up a restaurant. Since Ilona does not have the financial means needed for such a venture, Sjöholm agrees to provide the capital for the restaurant to start operating with the understanding that Ilona will pay back the loan to Mrs Sjöholm. Ilona, humbled by her recent experiences, is initially reluctant to accept the offer for fear of the restaurant failing and her not being able to repay Mrs Sjöholm. She eventually does agree. Ilona names the restaurant Work and hires some of the staff from Dubrovnik, including the troubled chef Lajunen (Markku Peltola), plus Lauri. Filled with anxiety during a slow lunch hour on opening day, Ilona's worries quickly disappear as she watches the restaurant fill to capacity later the same afternoon. After receiving a call from a Helsinki union asking for a reservation for 30 people, Lauri and Ilona exit the restaurant and stand on the front steps appearing emotionless and looking at the skies as more people enter the restaurant.
Right now, many prefer to stay at home. We all hope that the clouds will soon drift away. Still the virus shows us that you can make a dream come true where you live, like the waitress from the "Dubrovnik" in Helsinki and the tramway pilot who draws the wrong card. Local instead of global: With Aki Kaurismäki more than just a quiet pleasure.
A Man of Integrity (2017)
Reza (35), having distanced himself from the urban quagmire, leads a simple life along with his wife and sole child, somewhere in a remote village in Northern Iran. He spends his days working in his gold fish farm. Nearby, a private company with close links to the government and local authorities, has taken control of nearly every aspect of the regional life. Its shareholders, accumulating wealth, power and economic rents, have been pushing local farmers and small owners to dilapidate their belongings, farms and estates, to the benefit of the Company's in influential network and its monopoly. It is under their pressure that many villagers have themselves become local rings of the larger network of corruption. Meanwhile, Reza strives to resist coercion and preserve his farm. Soon though, he will realize that he can no longer stand up to this powerful, yet hidden, coercive web of corruption. Giving up, he decides to sell his property and move away. The Company however, decides to raise the stakes.
Mohammad Rasoulof has just won the Golden Bear for "There Is No Evil". We recommend his last film about corruption, which he also had to shoot clandestinely. Freedom is a foreign word in Iran. All the more convincing is the independent filmmaking in it's fight for freedom.
Summer, 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Now, as punishment, she has been transferred from Berlin to a small hospital out in the country, far from everything. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape. Barbara waits, keeping to herself. The new apartment, the neighbors, summertime, the countryside – none of that means anything to her. Working as a pediatric surgeon under her new boss Andre, she is attentive when it comes to the patients, but quite distanced toward her colleagues. Her future, she feels, will begin later. But Andre confuses her. His confidence in her professional abilities, his caring attitude, his smile. Why does he cover for her when she helps the young runaway Sarah? Does he have an assignment to keep track of her? Is he in love? But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, her plans, over love.
At the Berlinale Christian Petzold's new film UNDINE is screened. In 2012 he invited us in BARBARA with the great Nina Hoss to have a look back at the divided Germany. Best director's award.
Time for the 70th Berlinale. Eleven years ago, Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa not only won gold as a woman filmmaker in one of the three top festivals, she won also the first Golden Bear for spanish speaking America.
«My mother's tragedy did not result in an illness film, but in a love film filled with melancholy cheerfulness,» writes filmmaker David Sieveking. And he's right. A deeply touching and at the same time so cheerful film about life, family and love in the face of dementia.
Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan saga are cult. Already with her first novel "L'amore molesto" she convinced with a daughter-mother story, which still fascinates in the 25 year old film adaptation by Mario Martone.
Pepe Mujica - El presidente (2014)
A former resistance fighter who is elected president of Uruguay and donates almost 90 percent of his salary to social projects: Pepe Mujica, one of Latin America's most charismatic personalities, has become known as "the poorest president in the world". He has always remained true to his ideals, having spent many years in prison for political reasons. His modest lifestyle - he lives in a small finca instead of a government palace - and his unconventional appearance underpin his credibility with young and old. Pepe Mujica represents his concerns with humour, intellect and passion, and his political commitment to a more just society attracts international attention and encouragement.
Filmmaker Heidi Specogna and her cameraman Rainer Hoffmann often visited Pepe Mujica and his wife Lucía Topolansky and accompanied them with their cameras. This is how the portrait of an extraordinary person was created, who, at almost 80 years of age, has retained his courage, his wit, his humanity and his strong hope for change. "Pepe Mujica - el presidente" is an optimistic and moving film that inspires courage.
The Solothurn Filmdays dedicate the programme "Rencontre" to the filmmaker Heidi Specogna. We recommend one of her excellent portraits: the approach to the Uruguayan freedom fighter and later president José Pepe Mujica. Where are there politicians who think of their people and not of themselves nowadays?
Reisen ins Landesinnere (1988)
Matthias Von Gunten
On his expedition into the heart of Switzerland, Swiss filmmaker Matthias von Gunten met six people whose lives and everyday lives, their small and big fates fascinated him. At first glance, they have nothing to do with each other apart from living in Switzerland: six very different people, their attempts to master everyday life and their individual escapes from reality. In the course of this one year, in which von Gunten visited them again and again, a lot happens in the lives of these people. On these surprising journeys, Von Gunten traces the absurd and dramatic behind seemingly normal everyday life. Thus, little by little, an exciting time picture emerges in which each of these people has their place. The six people, their fears and dreams, their hopes and failures create an atmospheric picture of our lives today. To face or escape the much disdained Helvetic narrowness: there are different possibilities - the six people in Matthias von Gunten's film live some of them.
The Solothurn Film Festival will start soon. Time for a young Swiss classic, freshly restored and still fascinating. Six people are busy spending their time. Two of them in construction, two work with pictures, one keeps house and one watches planes landing. Life is lived in time, and Matthias von Gunten and Bernhard Lehner have assembled images of the passing time to show how life takes place without beiing noticed.
A Dragon Arrives! (2016)
An orange Chevrolet Impala drives across a cemetery towards an abandoned shipwreck in the middle of a desert landscape. It is the 22nd of January, 1965. The day before, the Iranian prime minister was shot dead in front of the parliament building. Inside the wreck, a banished political prisoner has hung himself. The walls are covered in diary entries, literary quotes and strange symbols. Can they help Police Inspector Babak Hafizi in his investigations? Will they shed any light on why there is always an earthquake whenever somebody is buried in this desert cemetery? Assisted by a sound engineer and a geologist, Hafizi begins his investigations on the ancient island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Fifty years later, their entire evidence, along with intelligence tape recordings, are found in a box, the contents of which attest to the fact that the inspector and his colleagues were arrested. But why? In his new film, Mani Haghighi once again creates a grotesquely absurd experimental set-up. His playful reenactment of mysterious events revolves around a real-life episode - but also imagines a truth of its own.
The Strait of Hormus is often mentioned these days. It is the gateway to the Persian Gulf and close to the island of Qeschm, where one of the craziest Iranian films is set, a fantastic rush of images about a detective who is supposed to solve the suicide of an exile. In a playful way, mysterious events are re-enacted and inventions are staged, so that in the end, just like in real life, you ask yourself: What is true and why?
Party time! Even if the reason for Sally Potter's party is not the turn of the year: For her characters it means a new beginning. The political success of Janet should be celebrated, Bill is playing records and as guest Gottfried we can enjoy Bruno Ganz. - Filmingo wishes a stimulating 2020 and guarantees to go on with it's careful film selection.
A little pearl from Argentina for the Holiday Season, a film that gently revolves around human relationships and the fact that there are different forms of families and places called home where you can be yourself. Olinda was brought by love from Italy to Buenos Aires. She has been running a small restaurant for years and continues to cook Italian food.
Christmas is approaching - time to relax! For example with a love comedy in which a guy is stubborn and one day notices that he is leaking and loses sand.
In Switzerland, the third part of Patricio Guzmán's trilogy about «Heimat» can be seen in cinemas at the moment. Here you can catch up on the second and the first part. There are few films that have so lucidly and stimulatingly linked the infinity of the universe with the finiteness of human action as "Nostalgia of Light".
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019)
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Tell them you’re 24’, advises Petrunya’s mother as her daughter heads off to another interview. But Petrunya is 31; moreover, she has studied history, a subject that no one in Macedonia seems to need. So there she sits in front of her potential employer, a factory owner, who looks down on her floral dress and refuses to take her seriously. On her way home - naturally, she did not get the job - Petrunya decides to take the plunge. It is Epiphany and, like every year, the young men of the city are diving for the holy cross that the priest has thrown into the icy river. This time, Petrunya is quicker than everyone else and ends up holding the trophy aloft for the TV cameras. For one whole day and one night, she will defend the cross, accompanied by much public commotion and against the closed ranks of the male world. Teona Strugar Mitevska delivers an angry yet melancholic satire that questions the status of democratic change in Macedonian society and passes scathing judgement on representatives of the church, the judiciary and the media. The film’s sympathies are all with the determined woman who asserts herself against archaic traditions and paralysing opportunism.
Teona Strugar Mitevska's film had already caused a stir at the Berlinale, and now, on november 27th, the European Parliament awarded it the LUX Prize for the Best Film of the Year 2019. It was delighted to see a woman in Northern Macedonia oponing males and making them clear to what extend religion and politics have cemented role models.
Bruno Manser (1954-2000), ethnologist and early environmental activist, has a rivival because of a feature film that is shown in the cinemas. At the same time the real Bruno Manser can be seen here in Christoph Kühn's careful approach from 2007 in original image and sound recordings.
International Men's Day has been celebrated on 19 November for 20 years. We would like to recommend a feature film with thoughtful humour in which a man around 50 learns that he has actually been a father for almost 20 years. But he has to create the image of his son himself. On the traces of being a man.
Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of Japan's most important directors. The focus of his films is on the children and what constitutes a family. For the comedy "Shoplifters" he received the Golden Palm in Cannes and an Oscar nomination in LA. On filmingo you can enjoy this beautiful movie or some of the earlier works of the great master.
Chile and its capital Santiago are in the headlines. More than 1 million people participated in a manifestiation against the neoliberal government. The Chilean people know what it means to live under a dictatorship; they don't want to go back there. Nanni Moretti looks back in History from an Italian perspective and talks about a time when solidarity played a fundamental role.
Thirty years ago people were celebtating in East and West: The Wall fell and with it the system that had built it. Even before the Wall was erected, the GDR was already relying on attrition. Lars Krumme tells the story of beeing young in 1956.
Green is the colour of our time, the color of hope. We suggest a trip to the taiga in one of the most beautiful films about nature. It is based on the true encounter of a surveyor with the nomad Dersu Uzala. Akira Kurosawa made it in realizing, «that man has forgotten that he is a part of nature».
Peter Handke - I'm in the Forest, could be that I'm late... (2016)
The filmmaker explores the life and work of the Austrian novelist, playwright and political activist, Peter Handke. The titles of his books sound like the tunes in a jukebox: Offending the Audience and Other Spoken Plays, The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick or A Sorrow Beyond Dreams. In the 1960s, he was the definition of a “pop star” author. Yet as soon as he started making the bestseller lists, he turned his back on stardom and went travelling, taking his readers along with him, dragging them into the rhythm and precision of his language and into his own examination of reality. As a young man, and still now, in his daily life, Peter Handke never stopped asking: “Where are we now?” and “How should we live?”
The Austrian writer Peter Handke has just received the Nobel Prize for Literature 2019. If you would like to experience Handke in a personal portrait, have a look at Corinna Belz's film.
Tomorrow! Elections are near, it is worthwhile to raise awareness. If the situation is already serious, why not look at options in a entertaining way? What, ask Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion, if each and every contributes to making nature and man healthier? A wonderful filmic journey.
Summer is drawing to a close, autumn temperatures are on the agenda. This week we look back once again into a summer, the one of 1993 in Spain, where six-year-old Frida from Barcelona is brought to the countryside. A coherent and sensitive film about being a child.
Birds of Passage - Pájaros de verano (2018)
Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego
The origins of the Colombian drug trade, through the epic story of an indigenous Wayúu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out that will put their lives, their culture and their ancestral traditions at stake.
«A film of both gangsters and spirits. A family film, an ensemble story of strong, intuitive, resilient and powerful women, who wait at home for unconscious, impulsive, fearful men, as they talk, they negotiate, they run around. Intuition vs reason, innocence vs vengeance, word vs honour. All in telling the great tragedy that would curse us forever. The great taboo that we are not allowed to discuss. Told, for once, in an intimate, personal way. Our own way. That soft breeze that seemed to come to refresh, and became the ravaging storm that showed us the true face of capitalism, its purest form. Our Jayeechi, our birdsong.»
Cristina Gallego/Ciro Guerra
The Zurich Festival devotes a focus to Colombia, Ciro Guerra is jury-member. With "Birds of Passage" he thrilled the public of the Piazza in Locarno. He goes back to the 70s and a Wayúu family who gets caught up in drug trafficking. A breathtaking cinematography with an excellent cast.
23.9. is the anniversary of the death of the Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. Filmmaker Pablo Larraín, who has just shone with EMA at the Venice Festival, has blended back into the life of the politically committed artist, enlightening for those who know him and animating for discovery.
The Rietberg Museum in Zurich has an exhibition focusing on the mirror. Part of it is Andrei Tarkowski's most personal film. A complex work of great compositional beauty, intertwined like memories, palpating and visualizing the past. We are showing it restored, integral and original.
In Venice the Filmfestival is going on and the Art Biennale too. Nathaniel Kahn explores the strange universe of the art market in an entertaining way and traces how art developed into an object of investment.
It still exists, the intelligent and refreshing Italian love comedy. Director Silvio Soldini, the Italian with Swiss roots (Pane e tulipani), tells the story of a life full of charm, Italianità and wit. Even statues in Milan begin to ponder - and this in view of the situation in 2013. Politically everything is much more absurd today, but perhaps the beautiful country will come to its senses again.
The 72nd Locarno Film Festival has come to an end. Two years ago, Annemarie Jacir's film convinced the media and the audience in the competition and one year later in the cinema as well. Thanks to filmingo, the cheerful contemplation of a father-son relationship in Nazareth can be watched or discovered. Everything revolves around a wedding invitation that a father and his son personally deliver to the guests.
Fredi M. Murer will be awarded the "Pardo alla carriera" this week in Locarno. This film of his is fascinating even today, because he approaches people and their work with love and care, because he lets them speak for themselves and thus creates a view from within. A journey through time.