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.
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.
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.
Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)
One of the world’s greatest living painters, the German artist Gerhard Richter has spent over half a century experimenting with a tremendous range of techniques and ideas, addressing historical crises and mass media representation alongside explorations of chance procedures. Infamously media-shy, he agreed to appear on camera for the first time in 15 years for a 2007 short by filmmaker Corinna Belz called Gerhard Richter’s Window.
Her follow-up, Gerhard Richter Painting, is exactly that: a thrilling document of Richter’s creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations (with his critics, his collaborators, and his American gallerist Marian Goodman) and rare archive material. From our fly-on-the-wall perspective, we watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvasses, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz’s portrait of an artist into a work of art itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 Salt of the Earth (2014)
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
During the last forty years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvations and exodus… He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes: a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião's Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last journeys, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.
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.