Tip of the week

Christmas is approaching. On the one hand you can give away filmingo subscriptions as a gift (just a little tip for film freaks) and on the other hand you can relax to be prepared. For example with a love comedy in which a guy is stubborn and one day notices that he is leaking and loses sand.
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".
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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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.
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.
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.
Max Frisch, Citoyen (2008)
Matthias Von Gunten
Switzerland
94′
Max Frisch was the last great Swiss intellectual whose "voice" was widely heard and appreciated beyond the borders of his country: a character like none can be found today. Against the backdrop of the late 20th century, the film follows the story of Frisch.
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Last week fine arts, this week fine literature. Max Frisch was one of the great writers of the 20th century. Matthias von Gunten depicts Frisch as an intellectual and lets friends like Peter Bichsel, Günter Grass, Christa Wolf, Helmut Schmidt or Henry Kissinger have their say.
How about a visit to an artist's studio at a time of year when there are less exhibitions? Gerhard Richter is one of the most successful contemporary artists and offers us an insight into his work. In highly concentrated shots, the film allows us to participate in a very personal, tense creative process.
Ein launischer Sommer (1968)
Jiri Menzel
Czech Republic
76′
Capricious Summer is a Czechoslovak comedy directed by Jiří Menzel. It is based on the novel Rozmarné léto (Summer of Caprice) by the Czech writer Vladislav Vančura. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France. The film depicts a humorous story of three men, a colonel, a priest and a bath-keeper, during rainy summer days.
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Summer in the countryside: the passion has become a matter of contemplation for the bathhouse owner Antonín and his friends Roch and Hugo. In Jiri Menzel's comedy, they reflect on beauty and the province until the tightrope walker Arnoštek and his pretty assistant Anna arrive. "Mysteries and distraction" is the director's alter ego, who plays the tightrope dancer himself and invites us to a different time.
Paterson (2016)
Jim Jarmusch
United States
118′
Paterson is a bus driver in the city whose name her shares: Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, he drives his route and observes the city as it drifts across his windshield. During his lunch break, he writes poetry into a notebook. In contrast to Paterson's steady routine, his wife Laura's world is constantly changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project.
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The smile of a summer night. It happens that the new film of a respected director isn't that great. No problem: The last one was beautiful. It talks about the bus driver Paterson in the city of Paterson in New Jersey, who has a poetic streak and whose wife Laura loves black and white as well as Paterson. This looks contemplative like a bus ride on line 23.
In Chile the summer holidays are in our winter time, but Carla, who really sets off south from Santiago with her husband, could also be on her way in Europe - and run away. Of course there would not be this unique national park with its curly figures or the tarantula. But the feeling of change among women is global.
Aurore (2017)
Blandine Lenoir
France
89′
A French woman hits menopause, quits her job as waitress, and feels everything going downhill. But then she meets her old love from before she got married, had 2 daughters and got divorced. Is this a new beginning?This film is the story of the collective struggle to build this bridge. It is a celebration of human labour!
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Agnès Jaoui shines with wit and warmth as a woman in her prime, who can't be beaten down. Without a man and without work, but with premenopausal hot flushes and the prospect of a grandchild: Aurore does not lose humour and reinvents herself. This has an infectious effect.
Women's power everywhere: Meet Hanna, who leads a double life in Iceland as an inconspicuous woman and a relentless environmental activist with a pseudonym. Benedikt Erlingsson thus intertwines two elementary concerns of the present in a refreshing comedy.
The women's strike has moved Switzerland, the final round of the Women's World Cup is in full swing in France, reasons enough to watch "Pizza Bethlehem", a film that portrays a Swiss women's soccer team. Women's power on the ball.
A mother accuses a young teacher of assault through social media and publishes his data in order to harass him. The Brazilian feature film by Carolina Jabor impressively demonstrates the fatal consequences that the brainless use of Facebook, Twitter and Co. can have.
How about a film that can't keep us on our seats? The filmmaker observes how 2000 people come together in a summer camp, indulging in music and dancing all night long.
La Vie de Bohème (1992)
Aki Kaurismäki
Finland
103′
Marcel (André Wilms) is an impoverished Parisian poet and playwright who is evicted from his extremely modest room after he is unable to pay rent for it. While roaming the streets of Paris, he meets Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpää), a painter from Albania who is almost equally poor and is in the country illegally. They quickly discover they are kindred spirits since they both share the same love for art without much regard for their worldly well-being. The two eventually make another friend in Schaunard (Kari Väänänen), an Irish composer who is now renting Marcel's former room. The three friends help each other in the daily struggle to survive by sharing whatever little money they have among each other in order to maintain a basic and simple standard of living. Rodolfo's life is interrupted when he meets Mimi (Évelyne Didi), a poor French girl with whom he falls madly in love. But Rodolfo is soon deported back to Albania due to not having a visa. He is unable to return to Paris for six months and, by then, Mimi has moved on and found another boyfriend. Rodolfo, Marcel and Schaunard scrape together what food they have and have a meal together to celebrate the feast of All Saints. Mimi shows up and informs Rodolfo that she has left her boyfriend to be with him again, but she is ill and dies the next spring.
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Our films include such wonderful collections as the one of the Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. All his films are a pleasure. One of our favourites is "La vie des Bohème", in which every situation, however simple, creates comedy by itself and it is clear what counts in life: Love, passion and fantasy.
Patricio Guzmán just presented his last part of the trilogy about the nature of his natal country Chile at the Cannes film festival 2019. In «El botón de nacár» he invited us to a dive into Patagonia, its people, its nature and history. Wonderful!
Wolf And Sheep (2016)
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Afghanistan
87′
In rural Afghanistan, people believe in the stories they invent to tell each other, explaining the mysteries of the world, they don’t understand. Shepherd children own the mountains. Even though there are no grown ups around, they know the rules very well; the main one is that boys and girls are not allowed to be together, they have to be separated. The boys practice with their slings to fight the wolves should they attack the flock. The girls smoke dried branches of wheat secretly and play wedding, dreaming of getting a husband soon. They gossip about every one and everything, but mostly about Sediqa, 11, an outsider among the shepherd children. They think she is cursed, as an evil ghost disguised as a snake bewitched her grandmother. Sediqa picks up her sheep and goats every morning and drops them in the owner’s house every evening. She dreams of having a sling and learn to swing it like the boys and hit a wolf. Qodrat, 11, becomes the gossip topic of everyone after his mother remarries with an old man with two wives. He prefers to be alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains. This is where he meets Sediqa and they become friends until Qodrat’s mother has to send him away.
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The Cannes Film Festival 2019 is on and therefore we recommend a film from Afghanistan that caught the attention of many a film lover around the world back in 2016 with its story of a childhood on the Hidukush. In 2019 director Shahrbanoo Sadat will be at the Croisette in Cannes with her new work.
The season of the mountains is going to start, here comes the portrait of an artist who has been driven higher and higher by the search for light. The camera was directed by Pio Corradi, whose sensitive eye here is dedicated to Segantini's gaze.
Félicité (2017)
Alain Gomis
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
124′
Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues. One of the bar’s regulars is a man named Tabu who has been known to get carried away in every sense of the term. Tabu offers to help Félicité. Reluctantly, she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Félicité’s son has a hard time picking up his old life, but it is lady’s man Tabu of all people who manages to coax him out of his shell. Félicité’s sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.
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What about a dive into the life of a singer living in Kinshasa? This woman is unique, proud and independent. Somehow she falls in love with Tabu, the guy who repaires her fridge. And we just follow this breathless storytelling told by life itself.
The photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. Now he is following a fascinating project to protect nature.
What a love story! Three friends love the same woman and one of the is a fan of cinema like we all are. In one of the many crucial scenes Fellini appears while he's shooting the legendary scene at the Trevi fountain in Rome. A film one enjoys to watch every year.
Sometimes beautiful films don't get the attention they deserve in cinema. BLAZE was one of them last autumn. Film star Ethan Hawke tells the life story of his favourite musician Blaze Foley and also captures much of the groove of the 1970s and the country scene. Listen to some of the great Foley songs!
How about a trip to a whiskey distillery? Ken Loach will take you there with film character Harry in a cheerful comedy.

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