SWISS CINEMA REVIEW

With great pleasure we invite you Swiss Cinema Review which will take place during the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE. Nine films from the last two years will be screened, showing the latest achievements of the cinema of Switzerland, which has an important position on the European film map. Swiss Cinema Review is another step of Camerimage Festival in promoting the richness of cinema in Europe.

Below you will find an introduction to New Swiss Cinema written by Giona A. Nazzaro, as well as the list of films to be screened at Camerimage.

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DIVERSITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

Diversity is the keyword. That is the reason why you cannot pigeonhole Swiss Cinema. With a steady growth of up-and-coming young talents and its network of film school and festivals, Swiss Cinema is indeed worthy of praise. A production system capable of challenging expectations and questioning the problems of the world and always looking beyond its own borders. When it focuses its gaze on matters of national importance, it knows how to ask the right questions. From the point of view of a documentary programmer, it is always fascinating to observe how young energies push against the boundaries in order to get a story and a message across. Names like Nicole Vögele or Ramon Giger, Filippo Demarchi or Matthias Huser, Simon Bauman or Carina Freire are the beating pulse of a cinema that stubbornly looks for new ways of stepping off of the beaten track. There’s an undeniable force and charm in the way all these different cinematic and filmic approaches merge together and create the multi-faceted reality of this multi-layered reality that we have come to appreciate under the moniker of Swiss Cinema. We could name-drop forever, but it is only the simple truth that Michael Steiner, Andrea Staka, Samir, Peter Luis, Stina Werenfels, and Markus Imhoof are in fact the tip of an iceberg that deserves to be explored and appreciated in all its glorious variety. A national cinematographic identity that manages to put in the spotlight – alongside internationally appreciated names such as Jean-Stéphane Bron and Lionel Baier – newcomer talents as riotous as Thomas Ammann or Caroline Cuénod is without a doubt a healthy cinema. Because the most precious fruit that this kind of diversity bears is the future itself. Which is no small feat, if you ask me.

Giona A. Nazzaro
Programmer for Visions du Réel Festival

 

 

FILMS PRESENTED
Cherry Pie
director: Lorenz Merz
cinematographer: Lorenz Merz
country: Switzerland
year: 2013
Neuland
director: Anna Thommen
cinematographer: Gabriela Betschart
country: Switzerland
year: 2013
O Samba
director: Georges Gachot
cinematographer: Séverine Barde, Pio Corradi, Georges Gachot, Peter Guyer
country: Switzerland
year: 2014
Beloved Sisters
director: Dominik Graf
cinematographer: Michael Wiesweg
country: Switzerland, Germany, Austria
year: 2014
Circle, The
director: Stefan Haupt
cinematographer: Tobias Dengler, Ernst Immer, Patrick Lindenmaier
country: Switzerland
year: 2014
Rosie
director: Marcel Gisler
cinematographer: Sophie Maintigneux
country: Switzerland
year: 2013
Viktoria – A Tale Of Grace And Greed
director: Men Lareida
cinematographer: Marco Barberi
country: Switzerland
year: 2014
My Name is Salt
director: Farida Pacha
cinematographer: Lutz Konermann
country: India, Switzerland
year: 2013
One Step To Freedom
director: Alain Gsponer
cinematographer: Matthias Fleischer
country: Switzerland, Austria
year: 2013