Tip of the week

Once again, things are boiling in Jerusalem, the city that could be a symbol for the peaceful coexistence of the three Abrahamic religions. A "Divine Intervention" by someone who does not get involved in the big conflict and instead enjoys observing patterns of behaviour, aberrations and interpersonal issues would be helpful. The director from Jerusalem mimes the main character of the prevented lover with a stoic expression reminiscent of Buster Keaton. Poetry, wit and love defy the repulsiveness of politics.
On 10 May, the Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola would have turned 90. Cinema has already 125. And since a few days the cinemas are open again. If you can't or don't want to go out yet: Here is one of the most beautiful declarations of love for cinemas and film, and also for Italianità, life and love.
It's cinema again! Still limited, and not every longing has been satisfied. We're still dreaming of going out for diner or a concert in a full hall, for example with the gifted pianist Teo Gheorghiu. He has some more years than he had here in the role of the child prodigy Vitus with grandfather Bruno Ganz. But one thing is clear: the longing to take off in freer circumstances, which the film revolves around, also inspires us.
La belle et la meute (2017)
Kaouther Ben Hania
Tunisia
100′
During a student party, Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, meets the mysterious Youssef and leaves with him. A long night will begin, during which she’ll have to fight for her rights and her dignity. But how can Justice be made when it lies on the side of the tormentors?
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On Monday night, the Oscars are on again. For the first time, Tunisia is part of the party, and from there it's pure female power. Kaouther Ben Hania presents her latest film "The Man Who Sold His Skin". We keep our fingers crossed for her and offer an insight into her uncompromising work with two films by the talented director. In "La belle et la meute", a young woman spends a night trying to press charges against the men who raped her.
Who would have thought two years ago that children and young people would enjoy simply going to school? Probably not only in the class of teacher François in a suburb of Paris. So let's dive joyfully into everyday school life, which Laurent Cantet has staged so grippingly and true to life in his feature film with amazingly talented young actors that it won the Palme d'Or.
The Rider (2017)
Chloé Zhao
United States
103′
Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for a new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of the United States.
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The Oscars will be awarded only by end of April. With six nominations, Golden Globes winner Chloé Zhao with "Nomadland" is one of the favorites this year. To tide you over while you wait for the cinema release of the movie and the Oscars, we recommend the Chinese-born director's latest film. She invites us to take a trip into the wilderness of South Dakota, sensitively balancing tender poetry, archaic myths and the harsh reality of life in the Heartlands.
"Man, this is fun!" rejoices one of the most important and successful artists of our time as he once again guides the camera himself, and the film about him shows us what he means at that moment. The current exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich is dedicated to Gerhard Richter's multifaceted oeuvre; we expand it with the sensitive and gently contemplative insight that Corinna Belz gives us into the creative process and into seeing itself.
Time to relax and try to take the situation as easy as possible. For example with a love comedy in which a guy is stubborn and one day notices that he is leaking and loses sand. A refreshing and romantic film about the power of transformation and the courage to realise one's own dreams and oneself.
We think these days of Bruno Ganz, the great actor who would have celebrated his 80th birthday. You'll find some of his films listed on filmingo. This week we specially recommend his excursion to Lisbon, where Alain Tanner lets him not only leave the ship he works on but somehow also the time.
Sans soleil (1983)
Chris. Marker
France
104′
Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Sans Soleil is his mind-bending free-form travelogue that journeys from Africa to Japan.
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What about an essay? Nobody manages this special form in cinema better than Chris. Marker did. His SANS SOLEIL is one of the highlights, figures on lists of the best movies ever and leads us to Japan, Guinea Bissau and San Francisco, where we learn about the fascination of memory and Hitchcock's VERTIGO.
On Body and Soul (2017)
Ildiko Enyedi
Hungary
116′
Two introverted people find out by pure chance that they share the same dream every night. They are puzzled, incredulous, a bit frightened. As they hesitantly accept this strange coincidence, they try to recreate in broad daylight what happens in their dream.
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This week, the Berlin Film Festival is running, mainly virtually, but with an illustrious jury consisting of 6 Golden Bear winners. Among them is Ildikó Enyedi from Hungary, who won the Berlinale four years ago with her carefully restrained love story of two soulmates. Endre and Maria cannot know it, but they have the same dream at night, encounter each other in it as a deer and a hind. Virtual, so to speak, like so much at present.
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Aki Kaurismäki
Finland
95′
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.
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Who doesn't long for a relaxed meal out again? We all hope that the clouds will soon pass and the pubs will open, if the situation allows. It hasn't been easy for a long time, as the waitress from the "Dubrovnik" in Helsinki and her husband show us. They don't give up, they want to realise their dream where they live, they open their own restaurant and hope. We raise a glass to the 25th birthday of the little pearl from Finland.
The Tunisian Nacer Khemir is one of the popular narrators of stories from 1001 Nights. Here he takes up a medieval material from the times when Andalusia was Moorish and sends a caligraphy student in search of the sixty words that Arabic knows for love. We present the fairytale film in a freshly restored version.
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019)
Teona Strugar Mitevska
North Macedonia
100′
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.
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Everyone is talking about women's power, and with good reason. We have compiled a list of films by and with strong women. This satire here was awarded the Lux Prize for Best European Film 2019. Petrunya is a woman who shows in a string way to the men and us how men have established the role of rulers through religions and politics written by them and today fight for legends and rules of the game that are useful to them.
Love stories have been part of film ever since it was first played with. But love stories are like love: both are rewritten again and again, in life as well as in film. And that is what makes them so immortally beautiful. This one even goes under water, is an enchanting modern fairy tale in a disenchanted modern world. Dreamlike, magical, fateful like love.
The Solothurn Filmdays are over. On filmingo there are 365 film days, among others with carefully selected Swiss films. One of them turns 45 this year. It captured its time and at the same time had a lasting influence on it, it still offers us a stimulating and entertaining insight into the collective dreams of the 1970s, into the hopes of a generation and the search for a concrete utopia. Perhaps not a bad idea at all, here and now, when many things are to begin anew.
with bonus
Medianeras (2011)
Gustavo Taretto
Argentina
90′
Bonus: 3 short movies (Una vez mas, Hoy no estoy, Medianeras)
Mariana, Martìn and the city of Buenos Aires. Martìn and Mariana live across from each other on the same block, but never meet. They pass each other, not knowing about the other’s existence. She goes up the stairs as he goes down the stairs; he gets on the bus just as she gets off the bus. They go to the same video rental shop, but a video rack separates them; they sit in the same row at the cinema, but the auditorium is dark. The city brings them together, and, at the same time, keeps them apart. Director Gustavo Taretto told the story of Mariana, Martìn and the city of Buenos Aires once before: «MEDIANERAS is a short film that received 40 awards worldwide - a short film with a feature film hidden inside. Our aim is to bring the feature to light. In the film EL SOL DEL MEMBRILLO (QUINCE TREE OF THE SUN), Víctor Erice reflects, among other things, upon Antonio López’s obsession with painting a tree that he had planted and seen growing in his garden. The tree changes with the passing of time, the seasons, and especially in different shades of light. MEDIANERAS is my tree. I planted it over four years ago, and I’ve been watching it grow since then. Following the analogy with the painting, the short film unveils the gesture in the stroke, the artist’s palette, the trunk which holds it in place, the main branches and the colour of its leaves. Now, with the feature, the moment has arrived for going into detail, for exploring depth and hues, ambiguities and contradictions. The story changes in exactly the same way as the city that serves as its setting: Buenos Aires. Some of the scenes wither away, while others bloom.» (Gustavo Taretto)
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What is all hiding behind the façades of houses? What stories are to be found there? In "Medianeras", Mariana and Martín live on the same street in Buenos Aires. The city brings them together and keeps them apart. Will the two longing for love meet each other? An enjoyable film that touches us in this time of virtual encounters and gives us hope that things can turn out differently.
Everything is connected to everything else. This is shown in the films of Otar Iosseliani in a relaxing way: the French Revolution and the clearing of refugee camps, nouveau riche Russians and impoverished aristocrats, the daughter of the police chief and the little gangster. "Chant'd'Hiver" is a whimsical film with great slapstick interludes. It is reminiscent of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton and helps us to forget the strange year 20 on a relaxed note.
Hyènes (1992)
Djibril Diop Mambéty
Senegal
111′
In Colobane, people expect the return of Linguère Ramatou, a former local girl now rumored to be richer than the World Bank. But her generosity has its conditions: she offers a check of ten billion for the death of Dramaan Drameh who refused to admit that he was the father of her child 30 years ago. "Life made made me a whore, now I'm turning the world into a brothel" she tells the citizens of Colobane.
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5 January 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt. We commemorate him with a film that illustrates the global dimension of his work, because the Senegalese master Djibril Diop Mambéty adapted Dürrenmatt's tragicomedy "The Visit of the Old Lady", which premiered in 1956, to his African homeland in 1992. Güllen becomes Colobane, where the human behaviour patterns described can blithely unfold. Here's to a meeting-friendly 2021!
The first official cinema screenings took place in Paris on 28 December 1895. That's just 125 years ago. Even if the cinemas have to remain temporarily closed, we are happy about the round birthday and look back with the Lumière brothers to the beginnings of the cinematic form of expression that has become part of our everyday life in many ways.
Turist (2014)
Ruben Östlund
Sweden
120′
A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life.
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Everything is at a standstill again, even the skiing holiday on x-mas is not granted. That is bearable and perhaps better anyway. At least when we think of the Swedish family going skiing in the Alps. When an avalanche comes down, mother and father react instinctively and show us gender and role models. A comedy that is as brilliant as it is bitterly wicked
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2011)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey
151′
Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that "something new and different" will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads...
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Everything is slowly coming to a standstill again. How about a thriller in slow motion? A man is supposed to have been killed. The examining magistrate wants facts, the police are looking after the suspect, a doctor is to perform the autopsy. But where is the body? Nuri Bilge Ceylan only won the Palme d'Or for his next film, but this one is already a masterpiece. A look inside, free of hecticness.
Porto (2016)
Gabe Klinger
Portugal
73′
Jake and Mati are two outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time.
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Travelling remains restricted, so let's get going with the help of a film. For example to Porto, the Portuguese port city with its mysterious, almost morbid atmosphere, where two outsiders meet. The godfather of the film is Jim Jarmusch. The timeless and idiosyncratic love story is a wonderful ode to the cinema and to the city of Porto.
Ema y Gastón (2019)
Pablo Larraín
Chile
107′
Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo), a young dancer, decides to separate from Gastón (Gael García Bernal) after giving back Polo, the son they both adopted and were unable to raise. In a desperate search through the streets of the port city of Valparaíso, Ema seeks love affairs in order to overcome her guilt. However, she has a secret plan to recover everything she’s lost.
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A movie like an explosion! Ema, a young dancer, decides to separate from Gastón (Gael García Bernal) after giving back Polo, the son they both adopted and were unable to raise. In a desperate search through the streets of the port city of Valparaíso, Ema seeks love affairs in order to overcome her guilt. Larraín is a filmmaker who writes in a truely visual way.
Where We Belong (2019)
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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Separations are part of our everyday life. In the case of adults with children, the children are also affected, whether they like it or not. The adults are also usually the ones who talk about break-ups and their consequences. Swiss filmmaker Jacqueline Zünd was interested in the children's perspective and tried to make it visible.
Pepe Mujica - El presidente (2014)
Heidi Specogna
Germany
93′
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.
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A worldwide sigh of relief: the US has elected a president who should be equal to his role, although the old one continues to lie and deny facts. There are few politicians in the world who could serve as a role model for others as Pepe Mujica from Uruguay did. We recommend a documentary approach to a politician who did put the interests of the Community first, rather than his own private ones.
The Voyage (El viaje) (1992)
Fernando Solanas
Argentina
133′
A young man living in a cold southern village in South America, decides to start a trip looking for his father. By doing this he discovers unexpected facts about his Latin American essence.
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This weekend, the Argentinean filmmaker and politician Fernando Solanas died of Covid19. We remember his films, which include the road movie "El viaje". The 17-year-old Martin Nunca, who lives with his mother (Dominique Sanda) in Ushuaia, the southernmost tip of Argentina, sets off on a long journey through the Latin American continent of 1990.
Hana Yori mo Naho (2006)
Hirokazu KORE-EDA
Japan
128′
The time is 1702. A young samurai, Aoki Sozaemon (Okada Junichi) has left his countryside hometown, and is now living in Edo (now Tokyo), in search of Kanazawa Jubei (Asano Tadanobu), the man who killed his father. He is living in a dilapidated tenement house, in the poor quarters of the city of Edo. His neighbors in the so-called "row houses" are all good, solid folk who can never even hope to rise out of the squalor of their surroundings. Sozaemon, the provincial samurai, becomes friends with a variety of characters including a habitual drunk, an unsuccessful would-be petty official, a ragman, a perky girl, a doctor, and a scrivener. As the relationships between the characters unfold we are led deeper in the blossoming love story of Sozaemon and the beautiful widow, Osae (Miyazawa Rie). Although he has never forgot his task to find his father's enemy and to succeed in his vengeance, being around Osae and her son, Sozaemon feels a warm feeling inside, which leads to doubts about the entire act of revenge. However, to walk away from the "revenge-act (ADAUCHI)", could actually bring his entire family down, not only without the reward from the Shogun, but also, as a samurai, to be unsuccessful on revenge would be an act of cowardice, and a disgrace to the entire family name. Sozaemon, still not being able to decide on if he should take the act of revenge, goes on with his everyday life, teaching the neighborhood children mathematics, reading and writing. He wonders whether he can ever enjoy life without the specter of revenge and swordplay. With the discovery of the rich meaningful life rather than the meaningless death of a warrior, Sozaemon, together with his strange friends at the tenement row house, decides to plot an act of the lifetime...
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Sometimes one would like to beam into another century to escape certain creatures of the present. We recommend a trip into the year 1702 in Japan, where young Aoki falls in love with the beautiful widow Osae and doubts whether he should still carry out the mission that brought him to Edo. The film was shot by Hirokazu Kore-eda, a gently humorous story.
In Washington D.C. the biggest soap has been running for 4 years. The question arises whether a majority has had enough of its embarrassment or whether it will definitely be turned into reality. Denys Arcand has accompanied the demise for years with astute feature films. In "The Fall of the American Empire" he looks at the cause of the evil in the form of a robbery comedy: money.
Greece has proved itself a democracy and, after five years of trial, has classified the fascist party as a criminal organisation. The feature film "Worlds Apart" was made at a time when this party was still acting with impunity as a political force. The popular actor Christopher Papakaliatis tells three love stories with three generations and makes it clear what living in a society it is all about.
What more do we need this year than happiness? The 80-year-old psychiatrist and bestselling author Irvin D. Yalom takes us on an existential journey through the many layers of the human psyche, sharing his insights and providing deep insights into his own soul life.
Since 1987, the Berlinale has awarded the "Alfred Bauer Prize" for the best first film. Nora Fingscheidt received it in 2019 for her captivating drama, which we recommend this week. She's the last one and it's not her fault that in Berlin discovered only now, that the first festival director was a Nazi. The film revolves around the wild Benni, who embodies what the youth welfare office calls a system blaster. Benni only wants love, security and to live with her mother.
So now the Swiss fathers will finally be granted a short paternity leave. The young families are delighted. What does it mean to be a family anyway? Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda asks the question in a moving feature film. Two couples learn that the boy they educated as their son for six years by now is not their biological child: there was a mix-up at the hospital. A story that touches us sensually and contemplatively.
It's supposed to get colder this week, so it can't be a bad idea to have a fine malt from Scotland ready. Ken Loach in his warmest comedy with authentic characters, accurate dialogues and amusing punch lines shows how community service can be fun and even lucrative - so the bottle does not break.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Céline Sciamma
France
121′
On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman. An intense relationship develops between the two.
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What a look back into another era! Bretagne, 1770. Painter Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of the noblewoman Héloïse, that refuses to be painted for a wedding portrait. Brilliant how Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant contribute to the subtle double vision of the person being looked at.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Jiri Menzel
Czech Republic
89′
The young Miloš Hrma, who speaks with misplaced pride of his family of misfits and malingerers, is engaged as a newly trained station guard in a small railway station during the Second World War and the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He admires himself in his new uniform, and looks forward, like his prematurely-retired railwayman father, to avoiding real work. The sometimes pompous stationmaster is an enthusiastic pigeon-breeder with a kind wife, but is envious of the train dispatcher Hubička's success with women. Miloš holds an as-yet platonic love for the pretty, young conductor Máša. The experienced Hubička presses for details of their relationship and realizes that Miloš is still a virgin. The idyll of the railway station is periodically disturbed by the arrival of the councillor, Zednicek, a Nazi collaborator, who spouts propaganda at the staff without success. At her initiative, Máša spends the night with Miloš, but in his youthful excitability he ejaculates prematurely before achieving penetration and then is unable to perform sexually; and the next day, despairing, he attempts suicide. He is saved, and a young doctor explains to him that ejaculatio praecox is normal at Miloš's age. The doctor recommends Miloš to "think of something else" (at which point Miloš volunteers an interest in football), and to seek the assistance of an experienced woman. During the nightshift, Hubička flirts with the young telegraphist, Zdenička, and imprints her thighs and buttocks with the office's rubber stamps. Her mother sees the stamps and complains to Hubička's superiors, and the ensuing scandal helps to frustrate the stationmaster's ambition of being promoted to inspector. The Germans and their collaborators are on edge, since their trains are being attacked by the partisans. A glamorous Resistance agent (a circus artist in peacetime), code-named Viktoria Freie, delivers a time bomb to Hubička for use in blowing up a large ammunition train. At Hubička's request, the "experienced" Viktoria also helps Miloš to resolve his sexual problem. The next day, at the crucial moment when the ammunition train is approaching, Hubička is caught up in a farcical disciplinary hearing, overseen by Zednicek, over his rubber stamping of Zdenička's backside. In Hubička's place, Miloš, liberated by his experience with Viktoria from his former passivity, takes the time bomb and drops it from a semaphore gantry, that extends transversely above the tracks, onto the train. A machine-gunner on the train, spotting Miloš, sprays him with bullets, and his body falls onto the train. With the Nazi collaborator Zednicek, winding up the disciplinary hearing, dismissing the Czech people as "nothing but laughing hyenas" (a phrase actually employed by the senior Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich, the implicit retort to his jibe comes in the form of a huge series of explosions that destroys the train. Now Hubička and the other railwaymen are indeed laughing - to express their joy at the blow to the Nazi occupiers - and it is left to a wistful Máša to pick up Miloš's uniform cap, hurled across the station by the power of the blast. (wp)
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Jiří Menzel died on september 5th in Prague at the age of 82. He embodied the Czech Nouvelle Vague like no one else. Among the six comedies that we offer together with a loving portrait on filmingo is his Oscar-winning film, in which he tells the story of young Hrma, who learns about the life of a station attendant and encounters women in his shy way in a sleepy spot.
The military in Mali, trained by the Northwest, overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. In his feature film TIMBUKTU, Abderrahmane Sissako poetically describes the state of the country. The perpetrators in his film come from everywhere and do not speak a common language. As little as they understand each other, they know what they are doing.
His latest film UNDINE lets us dive into the lake of love. We recommend a visit to a cinema house and beside that three former pearls of Christian Petzold. Beside TRANSIT and PHOENIX of course BARBAEA with the great Nina Hoss, who in 1980 in the role of a doctor is about to flee within the two german countries, towards her beloved.
La muerte de un burocrata (1966)
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Cuba
84′
The story begins with the death of a model worker, who is buried with his labor card as a badge of honor. However, his widow is told she needs that card to claim the benefits she is entitled. The story then takes several surreal turns, as the family of the dead man try to recover the precious card from the grave.
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Bureaucracy is one of the timeless phenomena of human coexistence, and one of the most entertaining stories of bureaucratic self-running is a comedy from Cuba in which an exemplary worker is buried as a hero along with his workers card. When his widow applies for the pension, she has to present her husband's card. What can she do? An timeless comedy about the difficult logic of bureaucracy.
Capharnaüm (2018)
Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
126′
In Lebanon, many parents can simply not afford to have their children officially registered. As a result, these undocumented kids do not exist in the eyes of the state and have no rights. That is the fate of young Zain. But Zain is a fighter: even at his young age, he is already supporting his family with various odd jobs. When Zain's parents plan to marry off his eleven-year-old sister Sahar, Zain does everything in his power to stop them.
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Beirut. Thousands protest against a government that has led the country to the brink of collapse. This will not just be revealed with the devastating explosion. The Lebanese Nadine Labaki tells the story of Zain, who has to fight his way through life as a 12-year-old and finally goes to court to accuse his parents. Why? «They gave birth to me.» - Jury award at Cannes.
Durak (2014)
Juri Bykow
Russia
121′
Dima Nikitin is a simple and honest plumber who works in a small Russian town. Except for his unusual integrity, nothing makes him stand out of the crowd, until one night in a dorm mainly occupied by drunkards and outcasts, the pipes burst, endangering the occupants. Everybody needs to be immediately evacuated but nobody cares, so Nikitin sets off on a night-long odyssey to fight an entire system of corrupt bureaucrats.
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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".
Wild Plants (2016)
Nicolas Humbert
Switzerland
109′
Wild Plants are plants that seed themselves on fallow land, take possession of seemingly uninhabitable terrain and create new habitats. But wild plants are also people who create their own utopias and become impulse generators for others. People live in many scattered places around the world and projects are growing in which botanical and biographical uncontrolled growth are combined.
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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)
Asghar Farhadi
Iran
123′
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.
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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.
I am Not Your Negro (2016)
Raoul Peck
Haiti
93′
Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.
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"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!
Ramen Shop (2018)
Eric Khoo
Singapore
90′
Masato, a young ramen chef, leaves his hometown in Japan to embark on a culinary journey to Singapore to find out the truth about his past. He uncovers a lot more than family secrets and delicious recipes.
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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.
Amour (2012)
Michael Haneke
France
127′
Georg and Anna are around 80, cultivated music professors in retirement. The daughter, also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day Anna has a seizure - it is the beginning of a test for the love of the two.
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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.
The Lunchbox (2013)
Ritesh Batra
India
105′
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
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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.
Markus Raetz (2007)
Iwan Schumacher
Switzerland
75′
The Swiss artist Markus Raetz is an established figure in the international art world. For the film by Iwan Schumacher, the artist from Bern is for the first time giving a camera team an insight into his 40 years of work.
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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.
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Un amor (2012)
Paula Hernández
Argentina
100′
Bonus: Interview with Paula Hernández
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.
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"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.
303 (2018)
Hans Weingartner
Germany
120′
On the way from Berlin to Portugal in her rusty '303' camper van, young biology student Jule picks up hitchhiker Jan. While having intense conversations about the society, the world and the nature of man, they try not to fall in love.
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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?
Stray Dog (1949)
Akira Kurosawa
Japan
122′
He is still young, the actor who should become known around the world with masterpieces like "Rashomon" or "The Seven Samurai". Here, Akira Kurosawa has created a thriller against the background of the recent and completely unprocessed Japanese war past, of which many of the characters, whether woman or man, talk. "Stray Dog" plays during the sultry hot summer in Tokyo in 1949. The young and completely inexperienced inspector Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) gets his loaded service weapon stolen from his jacket pocket in an overcrowded bus. Murakami is beside himself. He fears the worst consequences for his still young career. Together with his older colleague Sato from the theft department, he sets out on a search for traces of the thief. While we roam about the Japanese post-war setting with him, he gains experiences and learns to keep calm from the old and experienced colleague Sato. Women who are involved in what is going on are also snarling at him as a greenhorn. An impressive milieu study by Akira Kurosawa, in which the master proves himself in the genre film and shows us what he is capable of in narrative, atmospheric and visual terms. Walter Ruggle
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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.
Like Crazy (La Pazza gioia) (2016)
Paolo Virzi
Italy
115′
Beatrice is a blabbermouth and a so-called billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s in intimacy with world leaders. Donatella is a young quiet tattooed woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a mental institution and subject to custodial measures.
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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.
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.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
Claudia Llosa
Peru
94′
When her mother dies, Fausta is forced to face her fears, that she got as ababy with the milk of her mother. Fausta now sets out on a journey - a journey that will lead her out of her fear and into freedom. Peruvian director Claudia Llosa’s film addresses a dark era of her country’s history. It won the Golden Bear in Berlin and was nominated for the Oscars in 2010.
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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.
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)
Mani Haghighi
Iran
108′
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.
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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?
The Party (2017)
Sally Potter
United Kingdom
71′
In a private home, various individuals think they’re coming together for a party. A series of revelations results in a huge crisis that throws their belief systems, and their values into total disarray.
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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.
Nostalgia de la luz (2010)
Patricio Guzmán
Chile
90′
In his documentary essay film, Chilean Patricio Guzmán takes a double look at the past: On the one hand there are the astronomers who look up to the sky in the Atacama Desert and explore the origin of the universe, on the other there are the women who search in the desert sand around the observatories for the mortal remains of their loved ones who have become victims of the military dictatorship. A journey into the light.
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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".
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.
Longing (2017)
Savi Gabizon
Israel
104′
Ariel, a well-off, childless man, gets a phone call from his college girlfriend. She needs to tell him a couple of very surprising things: first, when they broke up twenty years ago, she was pregnant and went on to have a lovely boy. The second thing will change his life forever. This is a journey that creates laboratory-like conditions to explore the hidden aspects of parenthood beyond giving and responsibility.
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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.
Shoplifters (2018)
Hirokazu KORE-EDA
Japan
116′
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
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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.
Santiago, Italia (2018)
Nanni Moretti
Italy
80′
Nanni Moretti's new film covers the months that followed the coup d'état in Chile on 11 September 1973, which overthrew the democratic government of Salvador Allende. The film focuses on the role of the Italian embassy in Santiago de Chile, which became a refuge from General Pinochet's regime for hundreds of opposition members. From here, many opponents of the regime were able to flee to Italy.
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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.
Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (2018)
Lars Kraume
Germany
111′
1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have the idea of holding a minute’s silence in class for the victims of the Hungarian struggle for freedom. Neither the boys, nor their parents, nor the school’s administration are prepared for the minor and major reactions that their expression of solidarity unleashes. The school principal tries to dismiss the incident as juvenile mischief and deal with it internally, but the pupils find themselves snared in the political machinery of a state determined to make an example of them. Condemning their act as counter-revolutionary, the education minister demands that the pupils name their ringleader. They are faced with a decision that has dramatic consequences for their future. Director and screenwriter Lars Kraume has cast up-and-coming actors in the leading roles and established actors in supporting roles for his adaptation of Dietrich Garstka’s eponymous book in which Garstka recounts his own personal experiences and those of his 18 classmates. A moving chapter in German post-war history.
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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.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Akira Kurosawa
Japan
136′
A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods. The film won the 1976 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Prize and the Prix FIPRESCI at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival and a number of other awards.
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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».
Tomorrow (2015)
Mélanie Laurent, Cyril Dion
France
120′
Instead of stressing the imagination of disaster, French actress Mélanie Laurent and activist Cyril Dion try to show scientific solutions to the ideological fallacies of modern industrialism and mass consumerism.
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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 1993 (2017)
Carla Simon
Spain
98′
After her mother's death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle's family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.
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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.
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.
Neruda (2016)
Pablo Larraín
Chile
108′
An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.
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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 mirror - Zerkalo (1975)
Andrei Tarkowski
Russia
107′
Alyosha, a 40-year-old filmmaker, falls seriously ill. He remembers his past and collects the memories that marked his life: the house of his childhood, his mother waiting for the improbable return of her husband, the poems of his father, his wife and his son that he has not seen for a long time, the tumult of the Second World War.
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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.
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.