Director's Choice: Fredi M. Murer

Fredi M. Murer's "Höhenfeuer" was named "Best Swiss Film of all Times" in 2015. The Locarno Festival honours the filmmaker in 2019 with the "Pardo alla carriera" and filmingo presents the most important of his films, including the original mountain film "Wir Bergler in den Bergen sind eigentlich nicht schuld, dass wir da sind". Fredi Murer recommends six of his favourite movies among the filmingo collection.

«Three men in a stolen trolley set off on a top secret excursion into a forbidden zone abandoned by humans, as if Tarkovsky had seen Chernobyl coming. For me the most mysterious and exciting film of the film mystic. And every time I see it again, I come a little bit closer to his secret.»
«The novel by Shichiro Fukazawa, which forms the basis of this wonderful film, was an important source of inspiration for "Höhenfeuer" for me. This story about the inhabitants of a mountain village in the 14th century is at the same time a visionary parable about the threatening overpopulation of our planet.»
Cold War (2018)
Paweł Pawlikowski
Poland
88′
In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever.
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«Rarely has a film from more recent times fascinated me as much as this one. A masterfully composed symphony in black-and-white pictures, which is also an incredible experience when listening to it with closed eyes. The story of the singer Zula Lichon, who tries to live her life and her love behind the Iron Curtain, is interpreted by Joanna Kulik in such a breathtaking way that she gets the Oscar from me.»
«In this film two gifted light magicians have come together. One with a brush and oil paint, the other with his eye on the eyepiece. "Segantini" is one of the last of about 130 films that Pio Corradi made as a cameraman. I was lucky enough to work with him on my last six films.»
«The very sound of this film title suddenly takes me back to my 1968s. Glauber Rocha was for politically engaged young filmmakers like myself one of those cult directors whose films we also tried to imitate because of their visually anarchic power. But finding the Brazilian "grandeza" in our own country proved futile.»
Le Havre (2011)
Aki Kaurismäki
France
93′
When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.
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«This profoundly humanistic comedy about the fate of a refugee child has left me with a lasting feeling of happiness. Again and again I ask myself how he manages, that after ten seconds one knows to sit in a film by Kaurismäki. Thanks to one scenic pearl after the other, unmistakable characters and short but extremely fine dialogues.»

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